After ten successful albums it seems the perfect time to celebrate vocalist Trudy Kerr's music with this compilation album, which showcases some of her greatest recorded moments. The album is packaged in just a simple cardboard sleeve.
Claire Martin said on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up "...that rightly so, Trudy has become one of our most prolific and respected members of the British jazz scene". This is so true looking back at her albums, as her music is stylistically varied with each recording delving into new territory.
Trudy was fortunate enough to work with American pianist Mulgrew Miller on her album 'Daydream' and she chose to put "Glad to be Unhappy" as the opening track on this CD as a tribute to him.
The Rhythm of Life
The Rhythm of Life is the first collaborative project by Trudy and her husband bassist Geoff Gascoyne. For 15 years they have worked in supportive roles on each other's albums with Trudy as the vocalist or PR/record company director and Geoff as either bassist, arranger or producer. This new release combines their energy and enthusiasm for the unconventional, and it seems fitting to use a pseudonym for the project... Ted and Gladys.
2010 saw the release of REUNION an album with her long time friend and fellow jazz singer from Australia, Ingrid James. The girls sang together many years ago when they were both starting out in Brisbane, and have always stayed in contact.
On this album Trudy is accompanied by the respected British jazz pianist Michael Garrick and it is mostly a duo album. It mainly features songs composed by Duke Ellington but given a more contemporary feel, and also includes some of Michael's original compositions.
This themed concept album is based on songs that have a significant link to Trudy's past. Geoff Gascoyne again did the arrangements and Trudy is accompanied by the Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren. Trudy wrote the lyric to Dave Holland's 'Dream of the Elders' and this album features the Juno String Quartet on various tracks and features Bob Dorough on his original composition 'Up Jumped a Bird'.
Jazz for Juniors
Jazzizit Records JITCD2001 (2006) The CD is to introduce children to jazz and features children's voices. It's a mixture of songs Trudy learned as she was growing up, given the jazz treatment. The majority of songs are still used in the show JAZZ FOR JUNIORS which Trudy regularly performs throughout the UK at Festivals and in schools.
(2005) The inspiration for this album came from John Coltrane's 'Moment's Notice'. She felt an entire album of material from the instrumental jazz repertoire would be an interesting and challenging concept and would pay tribute to those great jazz solos. She used Jon Hendricks' vocalese for most of the songs, but wrote her own vocalese for 'Moment's Notice" and a Gerry Mulligan tune,'Bunny'.
My Old Flame
(2002) A tribute album to Chet Baker featuring songs that Chet recorded vocally plus tunes performed with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring special guest Georgie Fame.
(2000) This album of jazz standards arranged by Geoff Gascoyne was recorded with the great American pianist Mulgrew Miller.
(1999) Standards from the Great American Song Book and songs from artists such as James Taylor and Carole King.