ANGELA WRIGLEY is a hotly tipped Canadian jazz singer/songwriter/keyboardist who fronts her own trio. Her front role is supported by Derek Stoll on bass and Dave Lake on drums. Ms Wrigley has been winning good reviews for her unique song writing, her clever takes on jazz standards and for her warm, svelte voice that has some critics making comparison to people like Sade. So, no surprise then that a Sade song is one of the focus cuts on the trio’s debut album, ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’.
The Sade song is ‘Smooth Operator’, and Angela doesn’t stray too far from the original template and for this song her band is augmented by saxophonist Cory Weeds. Weeds’ sax also stars on the LP opener, the bright, Latin-tinged, self-penned ‘How Did I Get Here’. Amongst the other cuts are covers of Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘I Get Along Without You Very Well’ and the ‘Casino Royale’ theme, ‘You Know My Name’. Ms Wrigley is also confident enough in her own talents to tackle Billie Holiday’s ‘Lover Man’ offering a fresh but fairly traditional arrangement/perspective which is preferable to the experimentation shown on ‘You Stepped Out Of A Dream’.
ANGELA WRIGLEY TRIO; You Don’t Know What Love Is out now via Cellar Music Group.