Here are nine epic pieces of slippery yet sturdy soulful jazz. Most songs clock in at over six minutes, but that’s not a bad thing, since it’s nice to hear such swelling, lush orchestral instrumentation captured live. You can easily forget this is a live CD until a song deconstructs itself completely and the audience applauds.
Sounding like a beautiful cross between Carnegie Hall and a new-?millennium deep down-??tempo/jungle dance-hall party, this is a delicious departure from the typical live/electronic experience. Heidi Vogel’s undeniably confident and colourful voice evokes memories of Shirley Bassey on a few tracks, and the delicate balances that bandleader and laptop loader Jason Swinscoe and others create are, for the most part, virtually perfect.
The awkward twang of To Build A Home feels a touch out of place, but its grandiose finale puts the Orchestra right back on track.