Liane Carroll

born on 9/2/1964

Liane Carroll

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Liane Carroll
Liane Carroll (born 1964 in London,[1] England) is an English pianist/vocalist who grew up in a musical family[2] in Hastings, East Sussex.[3] She started learning the piano at the age of three[1] and has been a professional singer, pianist and composer since she was 15.[4][5] In 1998 she joined Trevor Watts Moiré Music band and toured overseas with them.[5]

Carroll has worked with many artists ranging from Sir Paul McCartney[4][6] and Gerry Rafferty[7] to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.[1] She has also performed as the lead vocalist and Wurlitzer keyboardist for the drum and bass band London Elektricity.[4] She is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and the 606 Club in London, and has made several albums.

The Observer's jazz critic Dave Gelly has described her as "one of the most stylistically flexible pianists around, with a marvellous, slightly husky singing voice".[8] According to The Guardian's jazz critic John Fordham "She's a powerful, soul-inflected performer with an Ella Fitzgerald-like improv athleticism and an emotional frankness on ballads".[9] Nick Hasted of The Independent says that she is "still frustratingly little-known" but calls her "one of Britains most emotionally visceral and accomplished singers".[10]

Carroll usually plays with a trio, The Liane Carroll Trio, which currently comprises Liane Carroll (vocals/piano), Roger Carey (electric bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).[11]

Awards and recognition

In 2005 Liane Carroll won two awards in the BBC Jazz Awards: Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz.[12][13] In 2006 she won the Marston Pedigree Jazz Award for best vocalist. On 13 May 2008, Andy Burnham MP, then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, presented her with the 2008 award for Jazz Musician of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.[14][15] Her album Up and Down won in the Jazz Album of the Year category at the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Awards in May 2012.[16]

Personal life

Liane Carroll lives in Hastings[4][17] with her husband Roger Carey, bassist in the Liane Carroll Trio; they married in 1990.[5] She has a daughter, Abi, and grandchildren, from her first marriage.[18]


Album Record label Release date Notes
Ten Day Simon (with Dave Holdsworth as the Dave Holdsworth-Liane Carroll Quartet) Cadillac 8 May 1990[19] With Dave Holdsworth on trumpet, this album was recorded in 1990 and features original compositions and standards
That's Life (Liane Carroll and Roger Carey) Jazz Art 1991
Clearly Bridge 1 October 1995 Features Dave Mattacks (drums) and Roger Carey (bass), with a guest appearance by trumpeter Dick Pearce
Dolly Bird Ronnie Scott's Jazz House 18 August 1997 Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Features Peter Kirtley (guitar, vocals), Steve Lamb (bass guitar) and Greg Leppard (drums)
Pull the Plug (debut album by London Elektricity) Hospital Records CD (NHS12CD) on 7 June 1999[20] Liane Carroll provides vocals on two of the tracks
Son of Dolly Bird Ronnie Scott's Jazz House 28 January 2002 Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in January 2001. Features Steve Lamb (bass guitar), Greg Leppard (drums) and special guest Julian Siegel (tenor saxophone)
Billion Dollar Gravy (album by London Elektricity) Hospital Records CD (NHS56CD) on 26 May 2003[21] Liane Carroll provides vocals on some of the tracks
Billy No Mates Splash Point Records 14 September 2003[22] Carroll's first solo album.[5] Includes four original songs by Carroll: "Three Sheets to the Wind", "Fly Little Bird", "Dublin Morning" and "Billy No Mates"[13]
Live Gravy (live DVD album by London Elektricity) Hospital Records DVD (NHS72DVD) on 24 May 2004[23] A live concert at the Jazz Café, London, with two extra songs from London Elektricity's autumn 2003 tour, released on DVD
Power Ballads (album by London Elektricity) Hospital Records CD (NHS95CD) on 3 October 2005[24] Liane Carroll provides vocals on four of the tracks[24]
Standard Issue Splash Point Records 3 October 2005[25] Recorded in June 2005 at Abbey Road Studios and featuring the Liane Carroll Trio (Roger Carey on bass and Greg Leppard on drums) and guests Ian Shaw, John Parricelli and Bobby Wellins[26]
"Pretend Paradise" (single by Part-Time Heroes featuring Liane Carroll) Wah Wah 45s 12" single on 26 June 2006 Liane Carroll performs on the track "Pretend Paradise", which is coupled with "Thin Air" featuring Lara Vane[27][28]
"Pretend Paradise" (remix) (single by Part-Time Heroes featuring Liane Carroll) Wah Wah 45s 12" single (WAH12012) on 6 June 2007 Track listing Track A: Pretend Paradise (Parta Herois De Tempo Mix); Track B: What The Sun Brings
Slow Down Splash Point Records 5 October 2007[29] Solo album; Ian Shaw guests on one track[30]
Liane Live DVD Splash Point Records 4 February 2008[31] Featuring concert by the Liane Carroll Trio (Roger Carey on bass and Mark Fletcher on drums) at the Brecon Jazz Festival 2006; Ian Shaw guests on one track[32]
One Good Reason Qnote Records, distributed by Universal Music 21 July 2008[33] Recorded in 2002, as part of "The Passion"[34] with Jacqui Dankworth and Sara Colman[35]
Syncopated City (as vocalist with London Elektricity) Hospital Records LP (NHS142LPX) on 1 September 2008; CD(NHS142CD) on 26 September 2008; Japanese Special Edition (NHS142JAPAN) with bonus tracks on 30 November 2008 Carroll takes lead vocals on five of the tracks
Break Even (with John Etheridge) Dekkor 24 November 2008[36] With Hammond organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Mark Fletcher[37]
Medical Records (as vocalist with London Elektricity) Hospital Records MP3 album (NHSDL06) on 6 December 2008[38] Carroll takes lead vocals on five of the tracks
Live at the Lampie (with Brian Kellock) Splash Point Records 11 May 2009[39] Recorded live at The Blue Lamp pub in Aberdeen[40]
Hospital Accapellas Hospital Records CD (NHS171) on 12 July 2010[41] Compilation album featuring various Hospital Records artists. Includes one track by Liane Carroll ("The Trap" [A cappella]). She is also lead vocalist on five of the six London Elektricity tracks[41]
Up and Down Quietmoney Recordings, distributed by Proper Records 27 June 2011[42] Recorded in London, Hastings, Brighton, Prague and Memphis, Tennessee, it features Kenny Wheeler, Kirk Whalum, Julian Siegel and James McMillan as guest soloists[43][44][45]
Ballads (Liane Carroll album)[46] Quietmoney Recordings, distributed by Proper Records CD (QMR0002CD) on 15 April 2013 Recorded in Hastings,[47] and produced by James McMillan,[47] it features Mark Edwards (piano), Gwilym Simcock (piano), Julian Siegel (bass clarinet) and Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone) with orchestration and big band arrangements by Chris Walden,[48] and includes Sophie Bancroft's song "Calgary Bay", performed with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra[49] The album cover artwork is by Brighton-based artist, Lester Magoogan.[47]

References and footnotes

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  2. In a short film by Sarah Linklater about Liane Carroll and her weekly performances at Porters, a small pub in Hastings, Carroll said that her parents were both singers and her grandmother had played the piano. {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}
  3. Marcus Weeks (2008). Sussex Music, Alfriston: Snake River Press.
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  6. Together with Paul McCartney, she performed with the Peter Kirtley Band on the 1998 charity CD single "Little Children".
  7. She performed with Gerry Rafferty on his 1992 album, On a Wing and a Prayer. {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}
  8. Dave Gelly, Liane Carroll, Standard Issue, 'The Observer', 9 October 2005. URL accessed on 5 August 2012.
  9. John Fordham, Liane Carroll: Up and Down review, The Guardian, 23 June 2011. URL accessed on 12 August 2013.
  10. Nick Hasted, Liane Carroll, jazz review: 'Pure yet raw', The Independent, 30 December 2013. URL accessed on 4 January 2014.
  11. The worst kept secret in jazz: Liane Carroll, Lancashire Telegraph, 3 May 2013. URL accessed on 14 May 2014.
  12. Success at the BBC Jazz Awards 2005, Woman's Hour, BBC, 4 July 2005. URL accessed on 9 April 2012.
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  17. Peter Quinn, Liane Carroll On the Upside, 'Jazzwise magazine, 27 May 2011. URL accessed on 12 June 2011.
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  26. Peter Quinn, Liane Carroll: Standard Issue, Jazzwise. URL accessed on 21 May 2012. Reviewing Standard Issue for Jazzwise magazine, Peter Quinn said: "her arrangement of Janis Ian's 'At Seventeen' is close to musical perfection."
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  30. As well as jazz standards, and numbers by singer-songwriters including Laura Nyro, Donovan and Tom Waits, the album includes an original song, "You Cant Slow My Heart Down", co-written by Liane Carroll with Peter Kirtley. Reviewing Slow Down for BBC Music, Kathryn Shackleton said: "On Slow Down Liane sings her way through the whole spectrum from jazz diva to fragile victim. Van Heusen and Cahn's 'All The Way' and Duke Ellington's 'In My Solitude' are remade as torch songs, with vulnerability oozing out of every verse, while 'Lazy Afternoon' perfectly captures her molasses low tones and silken high ones her sparse electric piano accompaniment creating a brooding, hypnotic tension." {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}
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  32. Filmed by the BBC, the DVD is introduced by Julian Joseph.
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  35. Reviewing the album for All About Jazz, Dave Major said that "at no time does one voice truly overpower the trio. Even in dense, concerted passages, you can appreciate each subtle nuance, change in vibrato or balance". {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}
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  37. Guardian reviewer John Fordham said of Break Even,"Carroll's confidence in the expressiveness of the smallest utterance gives her an irresistible eloquence, as strong at low volumes as it is at full throttle". John Fordham, John Etheridge/Liane Carroll: Break Even, The Guardian, 13 February 2009. URL accessed on 14 June 2011.
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  40. Guardian reviewer John Fordham said of Live at the Lampie, "Since Liane Carroll can loose off a jazz-singing broadside that might touch on Betty Carter and Bobby McFerrin (with soul-vocal asides including everyone from Aretha to Stevie Wonder), and Scottish piano virtuoso Kellock has a comparable range from Fats Waller to free-improv, the potential for repetition in this duo is low. Released from her singer/pianist responsibilities, Carroll has rarely sounded more spontaneous and relaxed." John Fordham, Liane Carroll/Brian Kellock: Live at the Lampie, The Guardian, 14 August 2011. URL accessed on 13 June 2011.
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  43. Stephen Graham, Jazz breaking news: Liane Carroll Returns With New Album, Jazzwise magazine, 8 April 2011. URL accessed on 16 June 2011.
  44. Dave Gelly, Liane Carroll: Up and Down review, The Observer, 3 July 2011. URL accessed on 6 July 2011.
  45. Guardian reviewer John Fordham said of Up and Down, "Singer/pianist Carroll is a world-class act, but this is the first recording to capture the full range of her expressiveness. Up and Down embraces intimate voice/piano performances, orchestra-backed extravaganzas and jazz jams with soloists of the pedigree of Kenny Wheeler and Julian Siegel."John Fordham and others, F&M Playlist, The Guardian, 19 May 2011. URL accessed on 12 June 2011.
  46. John Bungey, Liane Carroll: Ballads, The Times, 13 April 2013. URL accessed on 16 April 2013.
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Jazz legend Liane set to launch new album, Hastings & St Leonard's Observer, 15 March 2013. URL accessed on 16 April 2013.
  48. Riot Squad Publicity. Liane Carroll: Ballads. Press release. Retrieved on 16 April 2013
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External sources

  • Liane Carroll: Official website
  • London Elektricity at Hospital Records
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