Until Tomorrow

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Previously a backing vocalist for artists as diverse as Soweto Kinch and Noah and the Whale, 28-year-old London jazz-soul singer Zara McFarlane's debut album, Until Tomorrow, showcases a talent that undeniably deserves to take center stage all on its own. Released through Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label, the extension of her 2010 same-titled six-track EP (of which three tracks appear here) is an effortlessly subtle and soulful affair tailor-made for lazy Sunday mornings, which, apart from the rather superfluous rendition of The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things," cleverly avoids drifting into MOR easy listening territory. "More Than Mine" (also featured in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Previously a backing vocalist for artists as diverse as Soweto Kinch and Noah and the Whale, 28-year-old London jazz-soul singer Zara McFarlane's debut album, Until Tomorrow, showcases a talent that undeniably deserves to take center stage all on its own. Released through Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label, the extension of her 2010 same-titled six-track EP (of which three tracks appear here) is an effortlessly subtle and soulful affair tailor-made for lazy Sunday mornings, which, apart from the rather superfluous rendition of The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things," cleverly avoids drifting into MOR easy listening territory. "More Than Mine" (also featured in an "alternate take" version whose only difference is the addition of some barbershop quartet-style vocals) is a delightfully gentle jazz-pop ballad whose reflective piano chords and melancholic saxophone hooks perfectly reflect the yearning lyrical themes of seeing a past lover out with her new beau; "Captured, Pt. 3" and "Chiaroscuro" are minimal but charming rearrangements of her collaborations with dance producer Bopstar, both of which are unrecognizable from their previous vocal house incarnations; while the pounding piano chords, shuffling hi-hat rhythms, and McFarlane's swooping scale-gliding vocals on "Feed the Spirit (The Children and the Warlock)" help provide a captivating rendition of the rather obscure number from underrated jazz composer Harry Whitaker's back catalog. It's hard to see exactly where the comparisons with the likes of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott have come from, as other than the galloping percussion and R&B-tinged melodies of "Blossom Tree," its 11 tracks are very much at the modern jazz rather than the nu-soul end of the spectrum. But whatever category Until Tomorrow is filed under, it still remains a sensual and highly expressive debut from an artist who appears determined to fully grasp her opportunity in the spotlight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: Brownswood
  • EAN: 5060180321192
  • Catalog Number: 70
  • Sales rank: 63,767

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zara McFarlane Primary Artist, Vocals
Andy Chapman Vocals
Nick Walsh Vocals, Double Bass
Andrew Chapman Drums
Peter Edwards Piano, Vocals
Binker Golding Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Camilla George Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Harry Whitaker Composer
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Gilles Peterson Executive Producer
Kevin Le Gendre Liner Notes
Peter Edwards Arranger, Composer
Desmond Lambert Engineer
Zara McFarlane Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer
Otis Marchbank Artwork
Lawrence Anslow Engineer
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