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JAZZWISE review March 2014
“A Thousand Kisses Deep “
**** Recommended

Christine Tobin (v); plus various personnel including Phil Robson (g); Huw Warren (acc); Dave Whitford (b); Adriano Adewale (perc)

Whether it's an affinity with his poetic sensibility – and at least one of the songs on this 11-track collection, 'Suzanne', was first published as a poem – or simply a deep-seated affection for his songs, there's something inherently right when vocalist Christine Tobin sings Leonard Cohen. Christine's ear for lyrical detail, coupled with her sensitivity to the singular mood of each song, combines to magical effect. From the alluring groove of 'Tower of Song', previously recorded by the singer on her 2003 album You Draw The Line, and the powerful imagery of 'Story Of Isaac', to the incredibly moving 'Anthem' (a duet with Gwilym Simcock, the only track to feature piano) and the enigmatic 'You Know Who I Am', a song that Christine has been singing since the age of 10, these are interpretations that shimmer with beauty and insight. As on her previous, award-winning release Sailing to Byzantium, the singer receives completely empathetic support from her musicians.

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Review of CD in the Guardian

Really nice review by Peter Bacon

Tobin wins top prize at Edinburgh Festival

Jazz singer and composer Christine Tobin has won a Herald Angel for her performance of her Leonard Cohen tribute, A Thousand Kisses Deep, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The concert, part of the inaugural British Vocal Jazz Festival in the Scottish capital, was Tobin’s first-ever appearance at the world’s biggest arts festival and featured her trio with guitarist Phil Robson and bassist Dave Whitford playing their arrangements of Cohen favourites including Suzanne and Famous Blue Raincoat interlaced with jazz standards and Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billy Joe.

Now in their nineteenth year, the Herald Angels are awarded by Glasgow-based newspaper The Herald for excellence across the range of festivals that take place in Edinburgh during August and are much-coveted among performers, companies and event organisers. Previous winners with a jazz connection include The Bad Plus, Jack Bruce, pianists Leo Blanco, Louis Durra and Brian Kellock, trumpeter Colin Steele and drummer Tom Bancroft.

The award follows Tobin’s success in the 2012 British Composer Awards, where she won an award for best contemporary jazz composition for her album Sailing To Byzantium, on which the Dublin-born artist combined jazz compositions with the poetry of W.B. Yeats.

“I’m delighted and surprised to win the Herald Angel, especially as the other winners came from across an arts spectrum that included ballet, literature and classical music,” says Tobin. “It’s a reward not just for me but also for Phil and Dave who put so much into the music and are a joy to work with.”

"Tobin's new version of Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows is Stunning."
The Guardian    

"Christine Tobin is inspiring on her own material. But she is in a class of her own singing
Leonard Cohen."

The Guardian

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"Sexy, gutsy, bluesy and beautiful."
Lionel Shriver, Orange prize-winning author of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

“What draws me to her is her sound. I really like what she does and I find myself listening to what she says. I’m reminded that the voice is the primary source of all music.”
Mike Figgis film director

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