Natalie Williams - Secret Garden

Born in West Berlin and now residing in the UK Natalie's new album is a truly cosmopolitan eclectic affair reflecting her international upbringing. Never far away from the proceedings are her jazz roots. When she moved to the UK , Natalie enrolled in the prestigious Guildhall School of music and was the first person to be awarded a BA degree in Jazz music. Thus this is the real thing. 

The album though is much more than an outing in jazz. The first single 'This Girl' is well produced pop/soul and then there is the neo-soul of ' Butterfly' and 'Does it feel good'. Her vocal style has a wide range which is particularly evident on the Orchestral 'Psychedelic Love' complete with the live strings of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. It's the soul jazz numbers though that appeal the most and at the forefront is the groove laden 'You don't know' with it's jumpy beats, scat vocals and haunting background flute.If that's not enough the flute is then brought to the fore for some serious improvisation to end the track. The only complaint is that the  track fades too quickly! 

This is without doubt an album that will appeal to lovers of real music and is up there as a contender for album of the year. Real class in all departments from a major talent that should begin to get the world-wide respect that she deserves.