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'Divas'

A collection of songs from some of the worlds great past divas.
"They created the ambience, the atmosphere that surrounds each one".
Tina May

Tina May - vocals
Winston Clifford - vocals
John Pearce - piano
Dave Cliff - guitar
Freddie Gavita - trumpet
Adrian Fry - trombone
Frank Griffith - tenor sax, clarinet
Bob Martin - alto saxophone
Andy Cleyndert - double bass
Bobby Worth - drums

1. Why Don't You Do Right (play clip)

2. There's A Lull In My Life
3. Forgetful
4. Can't Get Out Of This Mood (play clip)

5. When The World WAs Young
6. Where You At
7. Surabaya Johnny
8. Baltimore Oriole (play clip)

9. Let's Get Lost
10. You Don't Know What Love Is
11. All Through The Night (play clip)



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"Tina May waited a long time to record this collection of songs associated with great female singers of the last century - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Edith Piaf et al - but it was worth it. Not only has her own singing matured, she has found the perfect arranger for the job in Frank Griffiths. To each of these dozen pieces she succeeds in imparting a delicate flavour of the original while remaining her inimitable self. Her version of Peggy Lee's Why Don't You Do Right? is particularly good, aided by Griffiths's beautifully poised clarinet."
Dave Gelly. The Observer.

'No More Hanky Panky'

This is a long awaited follow up to the highly successful album 'Live in Paris' (33JAZZ055) which was released on '33'. Again this new album features Tina's regular French based group co-led by the wonderful pianist Patrick Villanueva. The album also has the added bonus of featuring a guest appearance by the legendary Marcel Zanini.

Tina May Paris Quintet Tina May - vocals
Patrick Villanueva - piano
Pierre Maingourd - double bass
Vincent Cordelette - drums
Pascal Gaubert - tenor saxophone
With special guests:
Marcel Zanini on track10 and 11
Pauline Atlan on 'Tu veux Ou Tu Veux pas!'

1. Around the World. (Cheesecake) - Dexter Gordon/Tina May (play clip)

2. Dansez sur Moi - N.Hefti/C.Nougaro
3. No More Hanky Panky. ( Hanky Panky) - Dexter Gordon/Tina May
4. Chillin' - P. Chambers/R. Mackin
5. My Ship - K. Weil/I. Gershwin from 'Lady in the Dark' (play clip)

6. This is New - K. Weil/I. Gershwin from 'Lady in the Dark'
7. Waiting for the Breeze - Pascal Gaubert/ Tina May
8. My Little Sherri - C. Rouse/Ben Sidran
9. Well, so long - Patrick Villanueva/ Tina May (The legendary Marcel Zanini arrives!)
10.Tu peux compter sur moi. (You can depend on me) duet with Marcel Zanini.
11.Tu veux Ou Tu Veux pas? Ensemble with Pauline Atlan and Marcel Zanini. (play clip)

12. My Ship. (bonus track) featuring Pascal Gaubert


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"With would-be jazz singers appearing daily out of the woodwork, the occasional album from Tina May comes as a particular treat. Along with her other talents, such as writing witty lyrics to established jazz tunes – in both English and French – she possesses the basic but invaluable gift of swing. Among these dozen numbers is an almost throwaway version of "You Can Depend on Me", sung as a duet with veteran French star Marcel Zanini, which is simply immaculate in this respect. The Paris-based band is most impressive, especially pianist Patrick Villanueva and saxophonist Pascal Gaubert."
Dave Gelly. The Observer.

Tina May Sings Piaf

Tina May - vocals
Nikki Iles - piano
Karen Street - accordeon
Julie Wilkington - double bass

1. J'Attendrai/Au Revoir
2. Sous le Ciel de Paris
3. Les Feuilles Mortes (play clip)

4. Mon Menage ´a Moi
5. Si tu Partais / If You Go
6. l'Accord´eoniste
7. L'Hymne ´a l'Amour / If You Love me
8. C'est ´a Hambourg
9. La Gaulante du Pauvre Jean
10. La Vie en Rose
11. Milard
12. Lovers For A Day
13. Mon Homme
14. Non, Je Ne Regriette Rien

recorded at Red Gables Studios. 2010



I Never Told You

For musical taste, delicacy of interpretation and presentational flair Tina May has always been a hard act to follow. She is also completely at home in jazz, which isn't as common among high-profile singers as you might think. The way she negotiates Clifford Brown's "Daahoud" (here retitled "Beloved") demonstrates that. Her choice of songs is as hip as anyone could wish, including pieces by Kenny Wheeler, Oliver Nelson and Horace Silver. With the immaculate piano of Nikki Iles and occasional touches of tenor saxophone from Karen Sharp, this is a delight.
DAVE GELLY. THE OBSERVER. NOVEMBER 2009

Tina May - vocals
Nikki Iles - piano
Phil Donkin - bass
Stephen Keogh - drums
with guest  Karen Sharp - saxophone

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1. Lucky To Be Me
2. In Your Own Sweet Way
3. Si Tu Partais/If You Go
4. Beloved
5. When You Wish Upon A Star
6. Body and Soul
7. Peace
8. Speak Low
9. Sweet Dulcinea
10. Stolen Moments
11. I Never Told You

recorded at Red Gables.
25th March 2009



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Tina May has long been one of the top jazz singers in Great Britain. She has the ability to take a well known song, make a few subtle changes, and have it sound like a new composition. As with Rose Colella and Trisha O'Brien, she has very good taste in songs. On I Never Told You she performs such numbers as Dave Brubeck's “In Your Own Sweet Way” (which is not sung very often), Horace Silver's “Peace,” “Lucky To Be Me” and the Johnny Mandel title cut with confidence and ease. She is a superior scat-singer, but even when she sings a song fairly straight, her phrasing and enthusiasm make the number into a special event. Joined by pianist Nikki Iles, bassist Phil Donkin, drummer Stephen Keogh and tenor-saxophonist Karen Sharp, Tina May shows that she is a singer who should be much better known in the United States. I Never Told You, gives listeners a strong sampling of her musical talents.
LA JAZZ SCENE. APRIL 2010
DVD VIDEO RELEASE - LIVE AT THE PIZZA EXPRESS

Tina - vocals
Frank Harrison - piano
Mark Hodgson - bass
Stephen Keogh - drums
1. A Flower Is A Lovely Thing
2. Beloved
3 I Keep Going Back To Joe's
4. Moonlight
5. Lazy afternoon
6. Tea For Two
7. Si Tu Partais
8. Sometimes I'm Happy
9. Body And Soul


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DVD track 1. - A Flower Is A Lovely Thing

DVD track 5. - Lazy Afternoon

You Tube video clips are extracts taken from the DVD
filmed by Stephen Nugent at Pizza Express, Dean St, London. 2010