There’s a lot to be said for the combination of one voice and one guitar, especially when they are of the calibre of Colette Cassidy and Nigel Clark. The singer, a regular on the Dublin jazz scene, has teamed up with the Scots guitarist to make this attractive album of their own compositions.
Love and disillusionment are the main themes of her lyrics which, combined with melancholy tunes, have a bitter-sweet appeal. Clark, who now lives in Ireland, has already played and recorded with Hugh Buckley (The Day of the Duo, Silverwood Music Label). Here he shows another side to his talent, providing a sensitive accompaniment to the vocalist.
This album is not just for a jazz audience; the songs are likely to appeal to a broad public. However, more variety in mood and pace would have relieved the prevailing air of sadness. Only one song, ‘A Mother’s Love’, strikes a positive note as it celebrates her affection for her only son.
Colette Cassidy and Nigel Clark can be heard live in Arthur’s Blues and Jazz Club on Wednesday 21 June at 8.30 pm.
CD Review by – Grainne Farren