Reviews

International Music News at MUSIC-NEWS.COM, 'This Is The Life I Choose' album review, March 2017

A truly superb band and this album shows off all their strengths – I really can’t spot any weaknesses to be honest.

Something about this band that really hits a spot. Guitar, Hammond and drums plus soulful and jazzy vocals and a bunch of well written and punchy songs. What is not to like?

This is their 4th studio album and you can hear the chemistry of the band in every passage, playing to each...

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'Get Ready To Rock' magazine, **** Pretty damn fine! 'This Is The Life I Choose' Album Reivew.

From the way she attacks the opening note of ‘Hold On’, to a sultry Nina Simone style finish on ‘Feeling Good’, Zoe Schwarz dominates a diverse album rooted in the blues but not bound by it.

Indeed, ‘This Is The Life I Choose’ is brimming with a sense of adventure and sundry possibilities that gives vocalist Zoe Schwarz the kind of breadth she needs to bring her interpretive abilities to bear on some wide ranging material.

And in an age when the blues genre is swamped...

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Wasser-Prawda 'Musik und Meer - Kulturmagazin', 'This Is The Life I Choose' Album Review March 2017

Es gibt Alben, die einen schon beim ersten Hören verblüfft innehalten lassen. Mit "This Is The Life I Choose" haben Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion eine Scheibe veröffentlicht, die sich von Song zu Song immer mehr entfaltet und eine Bandbreite zwischen Blues, Jazz, Soul und Rock vor dem Hörer...

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Music That Needs Your Attention Blog, 'This Is The Life I Choose' album review, Netherlands

For me it is already clear, this CD is up high at the end of the year.

Deze zeer ervaren Britse band verwerkt zowel blues, jazz en rock in hun muziek. De klassiek getrainde zangeres Zoë Schwarz werkte in het verleden met iemand als jazzpianist Keith Tippett (King Crimson). Gitarist Rob Koral trad bijvoorbeeld op met een andere, voormalige King Crimsoncoryfee,...

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Blues In The South (BiTS), Ian McKenzie, Feb 2017, 'This Is The Life I Choose' Album Review

What a voice! What delivery! What style!. Nuff said! Awards? I think so!

This is Blue Commotion’s 4th studio album. Here we have eleven brand new original songs, (more about them later) plus two bonus tracks, both covers: 'Feeling Good', which has often been a tour-de-force the band on gigs, plus 'We're Going Wrong', a Jack Bruce song from the 60's.

The...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 181, Jan 2017, Blues Sisters Live Gig Review

Half Moon Putney, Blues Sisters Double Headline show with Rebecca Downs Band

Often tagged as "jazzy", that doesn't really do Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion's varied material justice.  Zoe's pre-show remark (and her Stranglers t-shirt!) hinted at the rawer nature of many of their uptempo numbers: 'Come Home Sweet Baby' and 'Your Sun Shines Rain' both...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 177, Sept 2016, Live Gig Review, Ealing Blues Festival

Ealing Blues Festival

"Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion brought a different level of class to the main stage: a rattling 'Liberated Woman' with lovely fluid guitar from Rob Koral; 'Take Me Back''s breakneck speed call-and-response shuffle, while a driving 'Your Sun Shines Rain' showed Zoe's powerful, impassioned vocal....

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