Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Sarah Moule's debut album 'It's a Nice Thought' features 14 songs with lyrics by Fran Landesman and music by Simon Wallace. Originally released in 2002 'It's A Nice Thought' has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. New York born and raised but London-based for many years, Fran is a genuine beat survivor and a lyricist with a humorous, lightly ironic touch, a deep humanism and flashes of penetrating insight. Songs she wrote with Tommy Wolf in the 1950s, such as 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most', went on to become standards. The songs on this album were all written in the last few years and encapsulate the gritty realism of modern life. Full of literate, often witty songs that lend themselves perfectly to Sarah's emotionally direct vocal style Simon Wallace has been working closely with Fran for around 8 years producing over 300 songs as well as maintaining a busy career as a jazz pianist and composer. Sarah Moule sings with a combination of gusty swing and sensitivity. Sarah brings to bear her own life experience to sing Fran's strong words with the self-assurance they require. Since she began performing with her quartet in 2002 Sarah has established a growing reputation as one of Britain's most exciting jazz vocal talents.
Audio Mixer: Calum Malcolm.
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: Red Gables, Clown's Pocket and Winter Brook Studios, UK (05/2002).