The French Impressionists \ A Selection of Songs [LTMCD 2415]
Archive collection from Scottish new jazz ensemble The French Impressionists, who recorded for Les Disques du Crépuscule and Operation Twilight between 1981 and 1983. Formed by pianist and songwriter Malcolm Fisher in Glasgow, the group were first allied to the Postcard Records stable, recording a first demo in June 1981 with the help of vocalist Paul Quinn and Roddy Frame and Campbell Owens of Aztec Camera. Fisher subsequently formed a proper band in 1982, first with singer Beatrice Colin and later with singer Louise Ness, recording the EP A Selection of Songs and Christmas single Santa Baby.
This digitally remastered CD and download contains 18 tracks, including 5 recorded live in Glasgow. The booklet includes a detailed band biography. After the band split in 1983, Malcolm Fisher relocated to Milan and has recorded several albums of solo piano music. Two cycles from these later recordings, Seven Suite and Lantern Suite, grace this CD as bonus tracks.
1. Pick Up The Rhythm
2. Blue Skies
3. Since You've Been Away
4. Theme From Walking Home
5. Santa Baby
6. Castles in the Air
8. Rainbows Never End
9. Waiting for Someone
10. Boo Boo's Gone Mambo
11. My Guardian Angel
12. My Rainy Day (live)
13. Nothing Really Matters (live)
14. Blue Skies (live)
15. Helpless (live)
16. Summertime (live)
17. MALCOLM FISHER Seven Suite
18. MALCOLM FISHER Lantern Suite
Cover art by Hennebert and Lynn Hendry.
"Small group jazz-cum-pop done for love rather than money. The emphasis is on tunes and moods rather than improv or experimentation. The piano is delightfully controlled and supports the songs without shouting for attention. Rhythm and harmony are more complex than a pop audience would normally expect to cope with. The additional piano cycles are a very fair addition to an already generous collection. The Debussy/Impressionist connection becomes more evident" (Whisperin' and Hollerin', 11/2004)
"Glorious - a key element in the whole Postcard Sound of Young Scotland" (Tangents, 2004)