happening across the water?...
Ward recorded her second album 'Piece Of Mind', in New York and
England. Her frequent trips to play the clubs of Broadway, Greenwich
Village and Bleeker Street have made her many friends in the stateside
music business. She gathered a few of them together at The Blue
we hear on the album is full of springy swing drumming from the
former Chet Baker band drummer Artt Frank. Using a light touch with
brushes or sticks he is subtlety personified, yet with a kick that
shows his historic roots in the big bands of yesteryear.
a pleasure playing with Artt" recalls Gill "he's full of fun, too,
and approaches every song with an infectious enthusiasm, invariably
giving a new slant on each piece"
A meeting with Phil Bowler, bass
player and jazz DJ at radio station WPKN proved a real piece of
good fortune. Phil had worked with bayou-legend Dr. John when he
was special guest with the Donald Harrison band, recording "Indian
Blues" on Candid Records* He
immediately offered his services for Gill's upcoming recording sessions
in the USA. Gill had been on the look-out for a bass player with
deep soul, and Phil turned out to be just right. Phil also fronted
the WKPN 'Jazz Adventures In America' radio show, Gill quickly found
herself a regular guest on the show, and with her album tracks being
aired in America.
about this session here
musicians were quickly assembled from New York's thriving jazz scene,
including Joe McWilliams on piano and Matthew Criscoulo on sax. They
headed off for Gold Coast's Blue Parrot Studios. The 'good vibes'
and happy atmosphere generated are clearly in evidence on the tracks
that were laid down.
this has whetted your appetite for some of the USA recordings, you
can preview excerpts from a couple of them on this page, 'Quicksand'
and 'Miss Harper...' both being from the Blue Parrot sessions.
GILL WARD PRESENTS
Gill Ward - vocals
Ross Lawson - saxophones
James Pearson/Dave Cooke - piano
Alec Dankworth - bass
Sebastian de Krom - drums
Digby Fairweather - trumpet
Jim Mullen - guitar
and in the USA...
Matthew Criscoulo - saxophone
Joe McWilliams - piano
Phil Bowler - bass
Artt Frank - drums
Borrowed Time, Life's A Bitch, Quicksand, Miss Harper
Goes Bizarre, Poisoned Kiss (USA), Just Doodling, Dream Of A Man, Tomato
Ketchup, Poisoned Kiss (UK), Fairytale Romance.
preview these tracks
with WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
pictures from Gill Ward's visits to New York