Recorded at Derek Nash’s Clowns Pocket Studios, Dream of a Dream, is the debut album from singer/lyricist Jo Doolan. The album has been released on Paul Booth’s Pathways Records label.
Jo has been receiving acclaim for her highly personal vocal approach when interpreting contemporary songs and jazz standards. With Dream of a Dream, Jo offers unique interpretations of modern popular songs. The album has been in the top ITunes best selling Jazz albums since its release in September 2016..
‘I have selected songs that have been the soundtrack to my life, songs that I listened to growing up, by artists that have shaped me as a singer.’
Two contemporary jazz compositions were also recorded for the album. Here, Jo sings in the vocalese style. The birth of Jo’s daughter inspired her to write new lyrics to the melody and original saxophone solo of Wayne Shorter’s Infant Eyes. Jo has penned haunting and poetic lyrics to title track Dream of a Dream, originally an original composition by Richard Rozze (recorded on his album Learning to Fly,2014),
All songs on the album have been masterfully arranged by Richard Rozze, who also features as guitarist on the album. The arrangements blur musical styles, but the jazz aesthetic of improvisation is at the heart of the album. Each track has its own musical journey, the orchestrations explore contrasts of musical colours and textures.
Jo’s band consists of a strong British contingent of contemporary, creative musicians- Andrew Bain (drums) Paul Booth (saxophones/bass clarinet/melodica), Richard Rozze (acoustic and electric guitars), Dave Whitford (double bass). Live To Tell also features the vocal talent of critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sara Colman.
The CD art work is designed by Brian Hanlon at www.ogmediagroup.com
‘’Jo’s heartfelt approach is a blessing. Vulnerability and talent in shedloads. I love her!’’ …Ian Shaw
‘’An Actress by training, this award winning vocalist with her powerful voice and direct approach looks set for a successful career on the UK vocal scene…’’Steve Rubie 606.
‘’Gorgeously heartfelt singing, with a tone that will get you very time.’ Sara Colman.