JESS GILLAM: Rise (Decca Clas­sics)

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SAX­O­PHON­IST Gillam, 20, wowed fans at the BAF­TAs and Proms, and she plays with pas­sion, verve and fault­less tech­nique on this de­but al­bum. Equally at home on folk tunes and clas­si­cal pieces — she shines on Shostakovi­ch’s jazz waltz — the young vir­tu­oso also tack­les Kate Bush and Bowie. Her take on Where Are We Now?, the lat­ter’s emo­tional farewell to Ber­lin, is given greater res­o­nance on ac­count of Bowie’s fond­ness for her cho­sen in­stru­ment.

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