15 Nov 2011
Some debut albums are harder than others. Releasing a vocal jazz album, one can essentially assume, that the great female jazz singer legacy is hanging like the sword of Damocles over the own head. Zara McFarlane won’t have to share this fate with other contemporary jazz singers for two reasons. Firstly, her album shines with nine brilliant original compositions, instead of jazz-standards. Secondly, Zara’s truly unique and beautiful voice lacks any comparison, because she sounds like herself.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Zara McFarlane’s debut album was released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, where José James debuted in 2008 with his amazing “The Dreamer“. Gilles’ good nose is obviously congenital.
“Until Tomorrow” is just the right dose of electrical energy to the affected vocal jazz heart, I can hear it beating again.