Lauren Dalrymple: hear me





Drums-Andrea Melani
Bass-Joe Rehmer
Keys-Massimilliano Calderai
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Power, a goose-bump raising range, crystal diction, beautiful phrasing - Dalrymple has it all. She is also an impressive songsmith... as persuasive a debut as you could wish for
- Peter Quinn, Jazzwise

Like most people, I came across Lauren as a featured vocalist with pianist Alex Wilson. She has a very gutsy and soulful voice and has chosen the songs well here. The CD consists, mainly, of her own compositions and are very strong indeed. ...a nicely balanced, relaxed CD for her fans and newly-converted, which stands as a great example of what she does
- Snowboy, bluesandsoul.com

'A great communicator' with beautiful, strong vocals' Paolo Merlini, Nuova La Sardedgna - Press from the Copasetic Tour, Sardinia
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[Lauren] addresses (mostly) her own material and expresses her own sentiments in a forthright, soulful voice. The album's opener, the Aristocats theme tune Everybody Wants to be a Cat, is a well-chosen introduction, its fierce swing well suited to Dalrymple's pleasantly strident, no-nonsense delivery, and the self-penned material (a reworked Stella by Starlight) that follows, bluesy, soulful and peppy as it is, also shows off a powerful vocal talent. As well as a great range and skilful dynamic control, Dalrymple has a neat way with lyrics, whether they're paeans to self-empowerment, love songs or (Mama Speaks) a tribute to her late mother; fans of soul-jazz will find much to enjoy on this lively, heartfelt album
- Chris Parker, vortexjazz.co.uk

Lauren's debut album, Copasetic (an unusual English language word meaning 'OK', widely accepted as originating from a form of American slang), contained nine tracks, seven of which are Lauren's originals, including one written collaboration with Alex Wilson, plus a reworking of Stella By Starlight renamed Stella's Groove.

From the crisp opening swing scat of Everybody Wants to be a Cat, through the positive sentiment of the title track, the heartfelt blues of Heart of Blue, the ferociously accomplished reworking of the aforementioned Stella By Starlight, to the final track, Mama Speaks (a tribute to Lauren's mother using her own words), the album swings like crazy, showcasing the singer's incredible vocal range and feel for a strong tune.
2016 also sees Lauren celebrating seventeen years of running a successful weekly jazz jam night at The Effra in Brixton; Robert Mitchell was pianist-in-residence for over three years, and Lauren is proud to have provided a live performance platform and networking arena for many musicians and vocalists over the years. Lauren has said that the stage is her home, the place she feels most comfortable; Copasetic provides a taste of her captivating live stage presence.