JEREMY SASSOON is a mainstay on the UK live jazz circuit… a dextrous pianist, a soulful vocalist and an innovative interpreter, he sells out venues where ever he plays.
If you’re not yet familiar with Mr S’s consummate artistry (indeed if you already are!) may we recommend to you his latest long player– a lovely live album recorded at Soho’s Piazza Express Club.
‘JEREMY SASSOON AND FRIENDS LIVE AT PIAZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB’ perfectly captures the essence of what Jeremy offers … his own very special take on pop, soul and jazz classics. Those who know his work will know that amongst his influences he cites both the Beatles and Steely Dan. No surprises then, to learn that this album boasts two Becker/Fagen tunes and one Lennon/McCartney. The Steely Dan covers are ‘Peg’ and ‘FM’ and in the live setting they work perfectly. Bravely, Jeremy offers a new perspective of ‘Eleanor Rigby’. Stripped of studio polish, it goes some way to capturing the song’s inherent melancholy.
As melancholic is the new interpretation of Jimmy Webb’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ – offered as a tribute to Glenn Campbell and if you’re really in a blue place, try the gentle look at ‘Ballad Of The Sad Young Men ‘. Much livelier (obviously) are ‘Cissy Strut’ and an equally funky ‘The Chicken’.
The band for the show was – Michael Kersting (drums), Jasper Wilkinson (bass), Alexander Bone (sax), Richie Aikman (guitar) and “Dr” Sassoon himself on piano and vocals… yes, that’s right Jeremy is a qualified medical doctor … psychiatry is his specialty! Clearly he prefers to make the music he loves: medicine’s loss is music’s gain.
‘JEREMY SASSOON AND FRIENDS LIVE AT PIAZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB’ is released on July 27th