There’s a very interesting launch for Kathryn Williams‘ 11th album Resonator as the Mercury nominated and critically acclaimed folk artist teams up with revered jazz musician and vibraphone player Anthony Kerr, to create a complete re-imagining of classic jazz standards at The Globe on Sunday 4th December.
Stripping away much of the bombastic nature of previous versions of songs like My Funny Valentine and Stormy Weather, the tracks are layered with vulnerability, tenderness and longing, leading to something dreamy and hypnotic. Williams and Kerr have searched for sincerity and beauty in these old songs, both vocally and instrumentally, the songs have become enshrined in something new and fresh yet still true to the core of what makes these tracks classics. Williams’ signature vocals beneath the delicate vibraphones, distant jazz trumpet and double bass are a gorgeous way to be serenaded. The songs stripped back from the grand fashion they are more accustomed to has certainly provided an incredible fresh twist which pays homage to jazz standards in a way that only this duo could.