This album is a compilation of jazz originals of mine that span twenty years (TWENTY YEARS!!) and includes songs from seven previously recorded albums. My dad was a big Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers fan and I grew up watching those fantastic musicals on film, so when I started singing and playing double bass I found I already knew quite a lot of the American Songbook songs.. However when I started trying to write music in this vein I became more and more struck by the incredibly clever and witty lyrics, rich harmonies and catchy melodies that comprised these compositions. Everything was just so amazingly, effortlessly and beautifully structured...enough to put anybody off trying to emulate really...almost!
Anyway I hope you enjoy these. I've included the track listing and albums they've come from below and - most importantly of all - the wonderful musicians I've been so lucky to have play with me on these recordings... There really is some phenomenal musicianship on these tracks and I am so so grateful for all their fantastically talented input.
I've mixed them up but you might be able to hear from the sound/age of my voice when the earlier or later ones were recorded - as well as visually bloomin see as I've dated each album! If you are THAT interested you can always check out the albums they come from and then you'll not only know - but possibly be able to hear - my musical trajectory over the past TWENTY YEARS more clearly!
Also - if you're interested in checking out my (very recently released) other originals album to date - Made Up - it's totally different! More funky, a bit country, bluesy,... but with the same attention to lyrical, melodic and harmonic integrity I dearly hope!
And if you want to find out any more please do check out my website - www.nicolafarnonmusic.com
Thanks for reading and hopefully listening and here's the track listing and musician info, short bio from my website - and a few links and reviews to peruse if you so wish!
released October 2, 2018
In My Own Words...
1. Perfect Lovely Day (Live) 4:34 (A DAY AT THE MARKET) (2014)
2. Stay With Me For Ever 5:24 (SO FARNON - SO GOOD!) (2016)
3. SDUI 4:25 (PORTRAIT OF A FARNON) (1998)
4. Beautiful Dreams 3:41 (HERE I GO AGAIN) (2007)
5. Into The Arms Of You 2:36 (HERE I GO AGAIN) (2007)
6. Somehow Someday 4:00 (THREE 'N' EASY) (2014)
7. Imaginary Bliss 5:17 (HITTING THE RIGHT NOTE) (2010)
8. It's Starting To Get Light 6:54 (SO FARNON - SO GOOD!) (2016)
9. When Love's As Good As Loving Gets 3:19 (THREE 'N' EASY) (2014)
10. Please Don't Ask Me To Stay 4:54 (SO FARNON - SO GOOD!) (2016)
11. Don't Know Why 3:34 (THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE) (2005)
12. For All I Knew 4:22 (HERE I GO AGAIN) (2007)
13. It's Just Got To Be That Way 6:28 (SO FARNON - SO GOOD!) (2016)
Vocals, double bass, cello - Nicola Farnon
Flute - Nigel McGill track 11
Tenor Sax - Ben Martin track 3
Piano - David Newton tracks 2,8,10 & 13
Piano, accordion, tenor sax - Piero Tucci tracks 1,4,5,6,9,11 &12
Piano - Andy Cholerton - track 7
Piano - Jon Trier track 3
Guitar - Jim Mullen tracks 2,8, 10 & 13
Guitar - Chris Walker tracks 3,4,5,11 & 12
Drums - Steve Brown tracks 2,8,10 & 13
Drums - Phil Johnson tracks 1,3,4,5,6,7,9 & 11
All songs written and arranged by
Nicola Farnon - Short Bio
Widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK, Wiltshire born and now Sheffield resident, Nicola has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late RobertFarnon. After an early start on piano and cello (grade 8 in both by the age of eleven), she followed her dad's love of the 'standards' into jazz via the double bass and an enchanting voice which was developed during her Performing Arts studies at Middlesex University. Her sparkling trio and quartet appears regularly on the jazz circuit and the band's arrangements are all done by her - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure! She has played with such Jazz luminaries as Dave Newton, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilke.
Nicola's performances, with her wide variety of music, versatility and attention to detail, keeps audiences spellbound with classic songs ranging from 1930's to the 1970s. A truly talented singer, Nicola delights in an uncanny ability to adapt her performance to captivate and embrace any audience.
“She’s a remarkable performer on stage, a fine singer and an outstandingly swinging and propulsive bass player with an outgoing personality to match...I declare that she is a class act who should be on every jazz festival in the land….A sure fire hit!” Humphrey Lyttleton
..We were like putty in her hands. She has the unique talent to make it appear that each song that she sings is just for you, and that it is the very first time that she has ever sung it. She is the ultimate professional, with a charismatic personality that is rare in all but the top artists.
Big Band Buddies Magazine