The National Jazz Trio of Scotland release ‘Standards Vol. V’.

The ‘combo’, helmed by Bill Wells, is neither jazz or a trio, although Wells’ reputation for eclectic is maintained thanks to the new album containing new interpretations of Shakespeare, musical theatre, and self-penned compositions from the award-winning composer.

Each release in the ‘Standards’ series has a featured vocalist and that honour on ‘Vol. V’ falls upon Gerard Black – formerly of Otterly and Findo Gask, now of the band Babe plus François And The Atlas Mountains, as well as working with Rozi Plain and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

(Black is pictured right, Wells left, along with other ‘trio’ members Aby Vulliamy, Kate Sudgen, and Lorna Gilfedder.)

The 10 tracks on the new release include four originals as well as versions of songs from the musical ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ and George and Ira Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing (Sunrise, Sunset and Of Thee I Sing respectively).

The album closes with ‘A Quiet Goodbye’, with lyrics by Aidan Moffat, with whom Wells won the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2013.

The album, on Cologne-based label Karaoke Kalk, is available on limited white vinyl as well as on CD and as a download.

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