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Sweet Little Mystery

“I have been a fan of John Martyn’s music since I tuned into The Old Grey Whistle Test, when I was an impressionable 14-year-old. John was singing May You Never and I developed a teenage crush. John’s songs became the musical backdrop to my teens, my twenties, thirties and forties, but alas died in my 50th year. Here I am aged 60 paying a musical homage to a musician that stretched the boundaries of music, a songwriting genius. I first covered May You Never in 1997 on my Fallen Angel album and have been closing my concerts with this song for over 22 years. I don’t wanna know about evil, I only wanna know about love.” Sarah Jane Morris

'Sweet Little Mystery' album cover

On May 10 2019 Sarah Jane Morris released Sweet Little Mystery, an album of songs by Scottish singer/songwriter John Martyn. The album is a joint project between Sarah Jane Morris and long term collaborator, guitarist Tony Remy. Together they pay homage to the sublime genius of John Martyn – a restless, often self-destructive artist whose unique voice and music is both breathtakingly bold and achingly tender in its beauty. This year marks ten years since his tragically early death aged 60.

Buy the album from Sarah Jane’s website.

Track listing:

Fairytale Lullaby, Couldn’t Love You More, Head And Heart, Call Me, Over The Hill, Solid Air, One World, Sweet Little Mystery, May You Never, Carmine,I Don’t Wanna Know

Watch the recent session at Jazz FM:

Sarah Jane Morris in session at Jazz FM

In case you missed it last Saturday - Nigel welcomed Sarah Jane Morris into the studio with guitarists TONY RÉMY and Tim Cansfield for a superb peformance of John Martyn's "I could not love you more"

Posted by Jazz FM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
John Martyn's 'Ain't No Saint' compilation album cover
Johnny Boy would have loved it – Sarah Jane Morris’ sweet little mysteries

There is an inherent danger to covering the work of a unique artist: there’s good reason, too, why few successfully (or even at all) carry off imprints of music by, say, Bowie or Queen without sounding like simonpoultera bad Wednesday night in a suburban karaoke club. For fans (and purist fans in particular) of the original performer, the notion of any form of emulation is fraught: too close a copy and you dismiss it as “so what?”; too outré and you creep close to sacrilege…Read the rest of Simon Poulter’s May 2019 post.

Read the Viva Magazine interview :

'Sweet Little Mystery' album cover

Read the review of the London Jazz Festival show:

'Sweet Little Mystery' album cover

Album review, the Express, May 16 2019:

One of the finest of improvisational jazz voices and most fluid of intricate guitarists has joined their supple skills together to create a supreme homage to one of folk/jazz’s more colourful personalities. In fact, they breathe new life with their astute interpretations of songs created by maverick influencer John Martyn on this lovingly curated album. Composed about Martyn’s fellow tragic folk minstrel Nick Drake, Morris’ extraordinary contralto voice plumbs the fathomless depths on Martyn’s signature song Solid Air. Sassily re-inventing some of Martyn’s more mawkish tunes such as Call Me with jazzy notes and re-shaping Carmine with her feral vocal attack is a masterstroke by Morris and Co. The heart-wrenching beauty of Couldn’t Love You More, May You Never and One World are magnificently re-touched and sonically sculpted into songs beyond their original forms. Like spooning musical medicine into the ear, the beating heart of this exquisitely crafted album lies in the subtle performances by Morris and her ensemble which elevate these bitter-sweet songs into epic, ethereal mysteries.

'Sweet Little Mystery' Project taking a bow