Date: Sep 28th, 2012 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

It’s been 30 years since Gill Manly began singing jazz standards around the clubs and bars of London, after a few years honing her skills in West End musicals and fringe theatre. She has garnered much praise during that time, working with fellow singers m: Mark Murphy and m: Ian Shaw , among others. The Lies Of Handsome Men is only her third album–a decade-long absence from the music business between her debut, Detour Ahead (Parrott Records, 1995), and With A Song In My Heart (Linn Records, 2009) may go some way to explaining the scarcity. The beauty of Manly’s voice and the relationship between that voice and Simon Wallace’s piano across these 15 songs leads to a fervent hope that such scarcity is at an end…

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Gill Manly: The Lies Of Handsome Men