Sarah Jane Morris: Sweet Little Mystery The Songs of John Martyn
SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY PROJECT
“This was a magnificent return to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for Sarah Jane Morris, with an uplifting set centred upon her latest work with longstanding collaborator Tony Rémy, to deliver revelatory interpretations of the sublime songbook of John Martyn.” – Andy Rawl, Record Collector
“. . . her take on the music of John Martyn, the late singer/ songwriter who straddled folk, blues, jazz and rock – as indeed does Morris – felt incandescent.” – Evening Standard
Sarah Jane Morris’s magnificent, soulful voice and emotional power would have garnered multiple Grammys and celebrity status to most singers with her charisma and drive. But for over 25 years of a unique career, she has steered her own star, not the music industry’s, and that independence has brought her a devoted audience, inspired by her belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds.
Following her critically acclaimed performance at Ronnie Scott’s earlier this year, Sarah Jane will be performing the songs of John Martyn, a sublime but monstrous hell-raiser and troubled genius; an innovative musical talent – whose music incorporated folk, jazz, blues and rock – unsurprisingly dead at 61. The oft-used cliché of ‘the difficult artiste’ fitted him like a well-worn overcoat. Trouble was his middle name.
With a career arc that has been aptly described as a ‘slow-motion car crash played out against real artistic achievement’, in spite of heroic self-destructive urges and habits, the singer/guitarist produced a canon of music that is both breathtaking and brittle in its complex, atmospheric beauty.
His music influenced a generation of his peers, friends and fans alike, and his contribution continues to resonate many years after his passing, picking up endless plaudits worldwide from those fortunate enough to be seduced by his unique voice, instrumental mastery and those very, very special songs that will live forever in the annals of popular music history.
Sarah Jane, through her own brilliant interpretive vocal talents, picks up the torch and shines a light on this great musical maverick, illuminating his life’s work, in her inspirational new show and aptly titled CD, Sweet Little Mystery.
Tony Remy is one of the world’s most exciting guitar players of any genre. His hard-edged, rhythmically-driven approach is enriched with jazz intuition and bluesy soul. On stage, his relentless invention and incredible raw energy can set the crowd on fire. He has toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians, including Courtney Pine, Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Freddy Hubbard, Lonny Liston Smith, Steps Ahead, Simply Red, US3, Cleveland Watkiss, Pee Wee Ellis, Ronny Laws, Down to the Bone, Matt Bianco, Annie Lennox, Incognito and M-People.
Guitarist Tim Cansfield was born in Trinidad. A self-taught musician, this enigmatic and self-effacing genius is the first choice of many recording artists, including the Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Heaven 17, Chaka Khan and Seal.
“Morris does not interpret soul. She IS soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.” – Montreal Gazette
“. . . Morris yet again demonstrated her versatility, as she applied her magic dust to the music and lyrics of the
late, great John Martyn.” – Close Up Culture
Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Church Street (off Head Street) - Colchester