Fullers voice is pure, clear and pitch perfect and her music and lyric writing stand out. There’s also an entertaining narrative stringing all of these songs together. She sings about her “fifties housewife” life in Los Angeles and times in the UK in Oxford at the Half Moon Hotel.Yes, there’s a definite country edge to this music, but it’s arranged and delivered in a way that puts it close to the top of that genre.
like sugar in gin, her voice skillfully drops despondent lyrics in happy-to-be alive rhythms and soundscapes. As the ensemble thunders, and plays with tempo and syncopation, it’s as if the album breathes with the life Fuller converses in her lyrics.
WHEN jazz singer-songwriter Kate Fuller was living in Oxford, UK, she hosted a regular music night called Speakeasy Sundays. Upon her return to Adelaide, she created something similar in her hometown — the Soapbox Sessions.
Adelaide-born Fuller has been living abroad for several years and in Annie’s Room she shows off everything she’s learned. The results are a masterclass in jazz vocals and stagecraft.
Most importantly, of course, is her performance, both as a jazz singer and as an actor. She studied at the Los Angeles Music Academy and again at home at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide in vocal performance and jazz voice, and has already recorded several albums. There is no doubt at all about the quality of her singing, her phrasing and interpretations reminiscent of Ross, but with Fuller’s own personality driving the style. When we got to the vocalese work, on Twisted, she was nothing short of amazing. She even attempted to give us Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, all on her won, and pulled it off.
...such dazzling technical virtuosity and heartfelt passion one cannot fail to be impressed.