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PRESS QUOTES

"..here she hits a career high with an album dedicated to Africa"
THE OBSERVER

"..a transcendent mix of cold fury and compassion"
THE OBSERVER

"Sarah-Jane Morris is in every sense an original voice... Her latest album... performed with a stellar ensemble of rock, soul and world musicians including Dominic Miller, Pee Wee Ellis, Seckou Keita and Courtney Pine, is all about Africa....it combines a visceral lyricism with intense moral and political engagement."
THE ARTS DESK

"...this is a remarkable album...for its ambition, its sound world, its powerful stories and, at its centre, the breathtaking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris's voice.."
JAZZWISE

"Bloody Rain....is her masterpiece"
JAZZWISE

"A powerful, diverse release......an album that Morris considers her best to date, an opinion that few will challenge."
MOJO (4 stars)

"..it packs a dramatic punch, often uplifting, occasionally harrowing, but always passionate and challenging."
HI-FI CHOICE (5 stars)

"Sarah-Jane Morris has kept excellent company during her illustrious career but with Bloody Rain, she excels herself.........Morris has enlisted some wonderful talents here: Courtney Pine on sax, the exuberant Zimbabwean singer Eska, the Soweto Gospel Choir, James Brown's right hand man Pee Wee Ellis, and so much more."
NEW INTERNATIONALIST (5 stars)

"This...album combines great music and shocking themes to powerful effect."
NEW INTERNATIONALIST (5 stars)

"Bloody Rain is the latest album from Sarah Jane Morris and it's an album that will make you weep and your spirits soar."
www.ancienttofuture.com

"Morris's deep husky voice is stunning.."
MORNING STAR

"..the singer whose shows always pack an emotional punch unveils a strong new album"
THE TIMES
 

In Second Heaven with Sarah Jane Morris (Live Music Review)

As evidenced by her recent 102-minute set at Brassiere Zedel, a stone’s throw from London’s Piccadilly Circus, 57 year old Morris is very much in sparkling form. Not one of the 12 songs she performed failed to hit the right note with the evening finishing far too early with a rousing rendition of ‘I Shall be Released’ which had the sell-out crowd screaming for more (she would have obliged if it was not for the fact that the room had to be turned around quickly for La Voix and her pianist).

The ex-lead singer of 1980s band The Republic delivered a performance that displayed the full range of her talent. She was superbly accompanied on stage by guitarists Tony Remy and Tim Cansfield (wonderful on vocals in Morris’s version of ‘Piece of My Heart’ where he adds’ I wish Trump would go away’).

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  Posted on: Fri Feb 10 2017

JIM MULLEN ORGAN TRIO (FEATURING NIGEL PRICE) & SARAH JANE MORRIS AT THE SOUTH COAST JAZZ FESTIVAL

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Sussex - 28th January 2017

Vocalist Sarah Jane Morris, who first came to the public's attention via The Communards and The Jazz Renegades, has been described as ‘alternative' by some but has always been at home across a wide range of genres including Rock, Soul, Jazz and Funk. She has fourteen albums to her credit as a leader and in addition is a song writer of some note, her lyrics often taking few prisoners. Her latest offering 'Compared To What' in duet with Antonio Forcione has further increased her prominence. For the Shoreham show she was joined by two fine guitarists Tony Remy and Tim Cansfield.

There is no time to draw breath or to divert your eyes from the stage when this lady is in residence. She takes full control from the start and demands the full attention of the audience with her highly intense vocals, imposing presence and sheer class in everything she does. Her set at the festival contained mostly blues tinged and what we used to call 'protest songs’ penned by herself and Tony Remy. Her vocal range and sheer power are both phenomenal allowing her to project her stark and sometimes uncomfortable messages at full impact. Both guitarists play 'Spanish style' amplified instruments with her co composer delivering some breathtaking solo passages throughout. Three great modern rock anthems were included in the set, Sting's ‘Fragile', the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine' and Janice Joplin's screaming anthem 'Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart'. All received the full treatment with the singers own additional lyrics only adding to the dramatic impact. The encore and long standing ovation as the set closed was fully deserved.

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Sarah Jane Morris, Carl Harper: Zanzibar, Liverpool
     
  Posted on: Wed Feb 4 2015


With her latest album Bloody Rain having garnered significant critical acclaim, Getintothis’ Paul Higham saw the light in Sarah Jane Morris’ African-inspired and jazz-inflected songs of social injustice.

It is fair to say that Sarah Jane Morris has had an interesting and varied career.

Beginning as singer in the early 1980s with London’s politically inspired outfit, The Republic, Morris found broader fame – and chart success – as a vocal foil to Jimmy Somerville in The Communards. Notoriety was assured as her 1989 solo single Me and Mrs Jones was banned by the BBC for its lesbian content.

It is to her credit, then, that her most recent LP, Bloody Rain, feels like a high watermark in an already acclaimed career.....Click here to read the full review >
 

 

 

 

 

 
Posted on: Fri Sep 12 2014
New INterNatIoNalIst ● september 2014

Bloody Rain

by Sarah-Jane Morris (Fallen Angel 011P CD)

Bluesy singer Sarah-Jane Morris has kept excellent company during her illustrious career, but with Bloody Rain, she excels herself. This African-inspired crowd-funded album combines great music and shocking themes to powerful effect. (And it also raises money for SING, a charity raising funds for women and children affected by HIV and AIdS.) The titular song of Bloody Rain takes aim at political tyrannies; other themes include reproductive health (this with a calypso), child soldiers (written with the deeds of the Janjaweed militia and the Lord’s Resistance Army in mind) and homophobic violence. The last is given face by a song called simply ‘david Kato’ in furious memory of the murdered Ugandan activist. Morris has enlisted some wonderful talents here: Courtney Pine on sax, the exuberant Zimbabwean singer Eska, the Soweto Gospel Choir, James Brown’s right-hand man Pee Wee Ellis, and so much more.

Musically, Morris and her band zip through a variety of African-inspired modalities. They are best in their most expansive moments, not least on the cast’s cover of Bob dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’. But, as with ‘david Kato’, Morris’s big strength is in the close focus. ‘No Beyoncé’, her arresting song on ‘honour’ killings, is all the more shocking for its quiet litany of the ordinary things that a dead girl in an otherwise ordinary family will never get: ‘No Beyoncé, no Shakira for you, no fashion, no boyfriends too.’

Raw. ★★★★★ LG


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There's no hiding place at a Sarah Jane Morris gig – either from her opulent, multi-octave voice and raw emotional clout that recalls Nina Simone and Janis Joplin, or from her lyrics that explore love and pain, sex crimes, war crimes, Catholicism and contraception – and a whole uncompromising bunch more....
....the whole show suggested that though Sarah Jane Morris has enjoyed some inspiring partnerships over the years, this latest incarnation with Forcione is already sounding like one of her best.
Guardian 09/2013