Lush Life receives 4 stars from Jazzwise

★★★★
Lush Life
Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood’s seventh album Lush Life is his second release on the Memphis-Based independent label, Archer Records, following his 2009 album Flutter and Wow. From the dazzling pianism and smoky vocals on album opener, ‘Route 66’, and the mellifluous scat on ‘All The Things You Are’ to an ebullient ‘On The Street Where You Live’, the Memphis-born, London-based singer, songwriter and pianist whips up a solo storm on this 11-track collection. It’s Wood’s first album of covers and it’s clear that every last semiquaver from the entire song list has long ago been absorbed into his musical make-up, with the loping groove of ‘Tipitina’ being especially fine. Giving a performance as many-sided as the music itself, Wood is joined for a duet on the Dietz/Schwartz song ‘Alone Together’ by his wife Jacqui Dankworth (who also produces), with their vocal lines entwining in perfect harmony.

Peter Quinn
Jazzwise
May 2012