Songs for Nature – New Album from Alison Burns & Martin Taylor (Spring 2024)
We’re excited to announce that the new album from Alison Burns & Martin Taylor will be released in Spring 2024.
‘Songs for Nature’ is a musical love letter to the natural world and the jazz standards it has inspired. Featuring award-winning jazz singer Alison Burns and Grammy-nominated fingerstyle jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, the concert is inspired by the diversity of plant and animal life. The songs will take you on a journey to explore our relationship to nature. A worldwide tour supports the release of the new album ‘Songs for Nature’ which is engineered by Grammy-Award winner Dave O’Donnell (John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Kurt Elling), Cicely Balston (David Bowie, Tim Minchin, Soweto Kinch) and produced by James Taylor.
There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. She released her debut album ‘Kissing Bug’ in 2007 and this was followed by 1:AM, Last Train to Hauteville (where she sang in French), Freternity, and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Touring to promote these albums resulted in concerts in Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Cannes, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney and Shanghai. Alison has performed as guest soloist with the BBC Big Band, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Guy Barker Big Band. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and was awarded the International Brand Laureate Award whose other recipients have included Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift and Adele.
Martin Taylor is widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong, engaging stage presence. In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Stephane Grappelli, Jamie Cullum, and George Harrison. Over his stellar career, Taylor has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist, received two Honourary Doctorates, and received an MBE for Services To Jazz Music.
QUOTES ON ALISON BURNS:
“She has the ability, rare in all but the best jazz singers, to make even the most frequently heard, over-recorded standards sound fresh and interesting.” – Jazz Journal
“Burns confirms her pedigree with the lightest of touches – imperceptibly hurrying a word here, turning another into a soft hoot, stretching a sound into a whispered glissando.” – The Guardian
QUOTES ON MARTIN TAYLOR:
“He out-shreds all of us put together…I’ve never seen anything like it” – Jeff Beck
“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable” – Pat Metheny