With a recent album launch at Pizza Express offshoot The Pheasantry on London’s Kings Road, this entertaining collection sets out Kim Cypher’s stall of accessible and classy music with a very wide appeal.
Review by: London Jazz News Review By Mark McKergow
Having seen Kim play with a small band and as a duo with the excellent Lee Jones, I wondered how the breadth of her playing and singing style and the wide range of material she chooses would be covered in her debut CD. The answer is very well indeed! Half the compositions are Kim's own, and the rest are carefully curated covers. She chooses her fellow musicians very well and they all have a real feel for the music, from genuinely creative interpretations of 'Imagine', 'Tainted love' and 'You'd be so nice to come home to', to the blues shuffle of 'Upper West Side Blues'. I really enjoyed the quality and variety of this CD, and how Kim's talent and enthusiasm that you see at a gig comes across so well. A very impressive debut!
Review by: Keith Norton - Vice Chairman Roses Theatre & Cheltenham Jazz Festival Patron
I’ve just spent a very happy hour listening to ‘Make Believe’. I already know how talented Kim and all the musicians are and this selection of songs endorses that. The songs/album is well written, well played, well arranged, well recorded, well mixed, well produced and definitely a fine piece of work. Real classy stuff indeed.
Review by: Ron Milsom
What a fantastic collection of songs - wonderfully imaginative renditions of classics blended with lovely own compositions. "You'd Be So Nice" is an absolute delight. The contrast of your velvity voice and growling saxophone against a reggae beat is a tour de force.
Looking forward to the next album!
Review by: Mike Guest
Just listened to the album! It's an absolute triumph! It has real variety and some brilliant arrangements - 'Imagine' was a real surprise, loved it! The compositions are excellent - I really enjoyed the Title Track and 'My Big Bossa' was a particular favourite. However, call me sentimental but the star of the Album was without a doubt 'My Oh My.' A brilliantly written song and the unfussy production really showcased the music and lyrics. Well done Kim - this CD will really sell and is something to be proud of.
Review by: Wink Taylor
I just love this album! It's a real masterpiece. A mixture of beautifully composed and arranged songs, covering different styles of jazz, all performed by the best jazz musicians. The covers have a clever twist and sound original, whilst the original tracks sound like classics as they're so catchy and beautifully performed. There are too many great tracks to chose from, but My BIG Bossa and Slinky Minxy stand out as my favourites. Kim Cypher is definitely the one to watch as the next big thing in 2017!
Review by: Suzy Jacoby
Kim is a multi talented genius, whose debut album has something for everyone. The clever arrangements of covers, vibrant instrumentation, hugely talented band, along with some of Kim's beautiful original songs, will have you toe tapping and humming all day long. An imaginative and fabulous collection.
Favourites for me are 'Upper West Side Blues' and 'My Oh My', simply perfection.
Review by: Dawn Barron - USA
A wonderful mix of original tracks along with some carefully chosen covers of classics.
All the covers exhibit Kim's creative stamp which makes each interpretation fresh and different. I especially loved the "funked up" version of 'Imagine', and the smooth sounds of 'You'd Be So Nice...' and 'Georgia On My Mind'.
Kim's original material is fabulous. Repeated listening has highlighted a few in particular, which have emerged as particularly strong tracks and grown to be among my favourites on the album. It's impossible to single one out... 'Make Believe', 'Hayley', 'Stormy Weather', 'My BIG Bossa' and 'Upper West Side Blues' are all worthy of a special mention. Great work!
Review by: Marcelle Haines
Dear Kim, I'm listening to your debut album and I'm being blown away to a land... called... "Make Believe". Wow, Kim, you've excelled yourself. MANY, MANY CONGRATS! What a complete M A S T E R P I E C E . I AM LURVIN' IT! Thank you and WELL DONE!
Review by: Anna MackAness
I finally downloaded the CD "Make Believe" on to my iPod last Sunday and started listening immediately. I have just listened to the rest of it and really didn't want it to end!! I thank you, Kim, for your huge talent both musically and vocally, a very distinctive singing voice which is the "non pareil" and an ability with that sax of which I will eternally be very envious. Seriously, to you and the band, congratulations on putting together a wonderful album, I know I will enjoy listening to it again and again...intently!
Review by: Lizzie Lewis
Really enjoying the album, love all the tunes particularly 'Hayley' and the wonderful interpretation of 'Imagine'. Hope to get to a gig soon.
Review by: Jane Stone
Review by: David Slade
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