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Norma Winstone: Edge Of Time (CD: Dusk Fire)Norma Winstone: Edge Of Time (CD: Dusk Fire)
Voted top singer in Melody Maker’s 1971 Jazz Poll, Norma Winstone subsequently recorded this, her first album, to be released the following year on Decca’s Argo label. Featuring the cream of modern British jazz talent including Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Frank Ricotti, Tony Levin, Alan Skidmore, Henry Lowther, Art Themen, Gary Boyle, Chris Pyne, Chris Laurence, John Surman and John Taylor, ‘Edge of Time’ is to this day a startlingly original work not least in its deployment of this wordless vocal improvisation. An appraoch that she was to make distinctively her own. (Proper Music) 


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Azimuth: Azimuth/ The Touchstone/ Depart (CD: ECM, 3 CDs)
 


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Azimuth: Azimuth/ The Touchstone/ Depart (CD: ECM, 3 CDs)


Azimuth: Azimuth '85 (CD: ECM)Azimuth: Azimuth '85 (CD: ECM)
 


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Azimuth: How It Was Then...(CD: ECM)
 


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Azimuth: How It Was Then...(CD: ECM)


Norma Winstone: Somewhere Called Home (CD: ECM Touchstones)Norma Winstone: Somewhere Called Home (CD: ECM Touchstones)
A milestone in the career of British singer Winstone, as she strips jazz standards to their emotional core and adds words of her own to tunes by Egberto Gismonti, Ralph Towner and Kenny Wheeler.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Norma Winstone: Well Kept Secret (CD: Enodoc)
 


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Norma Winstone: Well Kept Secret (CD: Enodoc)


Norma Winstone & John Taylor: ...Like Song, Like Weather (CD: Enodoc)Norma Winstone & John Taylor: ...Like Song, Like Weather (CD: Enodoc)
 


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Norma Winstone: Manhattan In The Rain (CD: Enodoc)
 


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Norma Winstone: Manhattan In The Rain (CD: Enodoc)


Norma Winstone & Fred Hersch: Songs & Lullabies (CD: Enodoc)Norma Winstone & Fred Hersch: Songs & Lullabies (CD: Enodoc)
 


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Norma Winstone, Stan Tracey Trio & Bobby Wellins: Amoroso...Only More So (CD: Trio, 2 CDs)
This double album by vocalist Norma Winstone, with Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins, is a rare combination of three musicians who have an almost unrivalled rich vein of experience and who are all still at the top of their game. The first CD, “Amoroso” is a joyous, optimistic take on love, while the companion volume “Only more so” is much darker and more brooding. The result is an unpredictable collection of great songs which has to be one of the finest achievements of Norma’s career as the British jazz world’s most innovative and respected vocalist. (New Note) 


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Norma Winstone, Stan Tracey Trio & Bobby Wellins: Amoroso...Only More So (CD: Trio, 2 CDs)


Norma Winstone: Distances (CD: ECM)Norma Winstone: Distances (CD: ECM)
Norma Winstone, England’s finest jazz vocalist, returns with a trio featuring German reedman Klaus Gesing and Italian pianist Glauco Venier (both of whom make their ECM debuts here) and a superb programme that takes in songs from Cole Porter to Peter Gabriel, a free calypso, a tribute to Coltrane, adaptations of Satie, folk songs, Pasolini and more and flows like an extended suite. Winstone’s lyrics reveal a real poetic sensibility, and both Gesing and Venier are fine jazz composers who put their considerable instrumental skills in the service of the songs. The result: a unique and special group language and one of the season’s outstanding recordings. (ECM Records) 


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Norma Winstone with the NDR Big Band: It's Later Than You Think (CD: Provocateur)
Norma Winstone’s new CD with the NDR Bigband is a lesson in how to sing contemporary songs with ease, style and a depth that comes from a place that most singers reach for but never realise. Her experience and love of all good songs and songwriters shines through on this album, which includes songs by Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Norma’s career is well documented with musicians such as John Taylor, Ralph Towner, Michael Garrick, Kenny Wheeler, Fred Hersch and Jimmy Rowles. (Provocateur Records) 


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Norma Winstone with the NDR Big Band: It's Later Than You Think (CD: Provocateur)


Norma Winstone, Klaus Gesing & Glauco Venier: Stories Yet To Tell (CD: ECM)Norma Winstone, Klaus Gesing & Glauco Venier: Stories Yet To Tell (CD: ECM)
The return of the Grammy-nominated, Academie Du Jazz Prize-winning trio that gave us “Distances”, with another revelatory programme. As both singer and lyricist Norma has few contemporary peers: her words seem to float up from the music’s expressive core. And now she has a trio united by a profound feeling for song. The stark instrumentation – voice, piano, bass clarinet/soprano sax - seems never to limit their repertoire, but to encourage the players to explore widely, and to make musical use of the available space.

Jazz ballads find their place alongside adaptations of folk songs, and ‘chamber’ pieces influenced by classical or contemporary composition. Textures, colours and rhythms may be drawn from scattered, surprising sources, and even the hypnotic lulling of an Armenian cradle song has a role to play as Norma cross-references Christina Rosetti nursery rhymes with Tigran Mansurian’s adaptation of Komitas! (ECM Records)

"This must rank amongst the most perfect song cycles in jazz...This is a magnificent record" (Duncan Henning - Jazzwise) 


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Norma Winstone, Klaus Gesing & Glauco Venier: Dance Without Answer (CD: ECM)
The great British jazz singer Norma Winstone once again casts her net wide for source material for this third ECM album with Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German clarinetist / saxophonist Klaus Gesing. Alongside new pieces by Winstone/Gesing and by Venier, the trio covers tunes by singer-songwriters Nick Drake, Fred Neil and Tom Waits. They take a fresh approach to Madonna’s “Live To Tell”, and to Dave Grusin’s “It Might Be You”, as well as Ralph Towner’s “A Breath Away” (now with lyrics by Norma) and “Bein’ Green”, a children’s song elevated to jazz standard status by Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Ray Charles and many more. “As Winstone moves ever farther from the Great American Songbook,” All About Jazz observed, “it's certain that, with band mates as sympathetic as Gesing and Venier, there's precious little she can't do.” (ECM Records) 


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Norma Winstone, Klaus Gesing & Glauco Venier: Dance Without Answer (CD: ECM)


Norma Winstone: Descansado- Songs For Films (CD: ECM)Norma Winstone: Descansado- Songs For Films (CD: ECM)
A creative journey into the world of cinema with new arrangements - by Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier - of music by Nino Rota, Michel Legrand, William Walton, Bernard Herrmann, and Ennio Morricone for the movies of Scorsese, Godard, Wenders, Jewison, Zeffirelli, Olivier and more. Several of the arrangements incorporate new words by Norma Winstone who, in addition to being one of the great jazz singers, has long been a sensitive lyricist. For this project her acclaimed trio with Gesing and Venier is augmented by two special guests: Norwegian improvising percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and Italian classical cellist Mario Brunello. Norbakken is well-known to ECM listeners for his recordings with Jon Balke, Mathias Eick and Jon Hassell, while Brunello is highly regarded in classical and contemporary music circles for his interpretive versatility. ”Descansado – Music for Films” was recorded at ArteSuono Studio in Udine, Italy, in March 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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