Album Release Date: 15th September 2014
Red Ram Records (Distributed by ProperNote)
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‘Cool, elegant, immaculate’ ★★★★★ Dave Gelly, The Observer

‘Class will out, as they say…From Sarah Moule’s sophisticated, cool, vocals and the stylish playing of the cream of British jazzers, through to Simon Wallace‘s music and arrangements and Fran Landesman’s inimitable lyrics, everyone involved with this fine album is a class act.
★★★★★ Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

‘Superb interpretations, wildly romantic – Moule really finds the soul of her instrument on this outstanding collection’
★★★★ Peter Quinn, Jazzwise October 2014

★★★★ Jazz Journal November 2014

‘A first-rate set’ Clive Davis, The Sunday Times

‘Massive talent and perfect technique – as a solo artist Sarah Moule stands in the very top flight of UK singers’

On her latest album, acclaimed jazz singer Sarah Moule has recorded eleven songs by Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman (six of which are previously unrecorded), alongside a new lyric by Julie Burchill, two blues numbers and imaginative reworkings of classic songs. Songs from the Floating World reminds us that Sarah is a brilliant interpreter of both melody and lyrics.

‘The Floating World’ was the name given to the red light districts in 17th-19th Century Japan where geishas, Kabuki actors and Sumo wrestlers rubbed shoulders with artists and musicians against a backdrop of hedonism. Sarah discovered her own ‘Floating World’ where America’s Beat Generation crossed with London’s jazz nightlife when she met her husband Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman. Fran, who died in 2011, was a friend and peer of Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce and Ken Kesey. She was one of the finest lyricists of the last fifty years and her work with Wallace has been admired by critics and appreciated by the many singers who have recorded their songs. Sarah has championed their work since her 2002 Linn Records debut, ‘It’s A Nice Thought’, when journalists were quick to celebrate the artistic symbiosis of Sarah’s voice with Simon and Fran’s songs.

‘Sarah’s voice on Men Who Loves Mermaids becomes elemental – floating and diving in subtle and liquid eloquence’ Barb Jungr

‘ An original voice. She has something, in spirit at least, of the great Billie Holiday’ George Melly

1 Lord I Want To Be Good (S Wallace/F Landesman)
2 Men Who Love Mermaids (S Wallace/F Landesman)
3 Lots Of People Do (S Wallace/J Burchill)
4 Scars (S Wallace/F Landesman)
5 Cri Du Coeur (H Crolla/J Prévert)
6 I’ve Got You Under My Skin (C Porter)
7 My Babe (W Dixon)
8 Hell’s Angel (S Wallace/F Landesman)
9 Don’t Fall In Love With Me (S Wallace/F Landesman)
10 Love’s Eyes (S Wallace/F Landesman)
11 Looking For A Girl (Boy) (T Thompson)
12 Stranger (S Wallace/F Landesman)
13 I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl (C Williams/D Small/JT Brymn)
14 Noir (S Wallace/F Landesman)
15 If You Believe That (S Wallace/F Landesman)
16 Did I Break Your Heart? (S Wallace/F Landesman)


About The Band:

The core: Simon Wallace – piano, Hammond Organ, accordion; Mick Hutton – double bass all tracks except 7; Paul Robinson – drums, Mark Hodgson: double bass track 7.  The guests: Nigel Price – guitar; Gary Hammond p percussion; Clive Bell – shakuhachi; Warren Zielinski – violin; Yori Silver – bass clarinet; Tim Hodgkinson – bass clarinet.

Red Ram Records 2014