Reviews

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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Blues In Britain, Issue 169, Jan 2016 - Live Gig Review, Scratchers Farncombe

"A top-class band playing some great songs"

Scratchers at The Three Lions, Farncombe

A packed crowd turned out to catch Zoe Schwarz and Blue Commotion (husband Rob Koral on guitar, Paul Robinson on drums and tonight Phil Mulford on bass) play in the intimate setting of Scratchers at the three Lions in Farncombe: It was well worth braving the weather.

This band is tight...

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Blues In Britain, Issue 168, Dec 2015 - Live Gig Review, Farnham Maltings

"A great night of music from a band of consummate professionals who continue to enhance their reputation as one of the must see bands on the UK scene."

Farnham Maltings 15.10.15
A welcome return to the Maltings for Zoe and her band, this time in quartet mode with Zoe on vocals, Rob Koral on guitar, Pete Whittaker on keys and Paul Robinson on drums. The opening pair of numbers set the standard for the evening with Paul's energetic drums pushing both Rob and Pete to great...
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Blues Blast Magazine, USA, Issue-9-40, 1st Oct 2015, Live Album Review

It is tempting to compare her sound to other famous lead singers, but on further reflection her unique tone, diction, and inflection truly make her voice unique (in a good way).

Sometimes band release live albums when they have not recorded anything new in a while and they need to get something new on the market quickly.  This is not the case with Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion's new live disc, I'll Be Yours Tonight, which has been released not on the heels of their...

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