New CD Monday Nights has been featured as one of JazzViews top albums of 2020
“Monday Nights is an album of the highest class, superbly produced, and entertaining, that will make an ideal addition to any collection of quality music. A joy from start to finish.”
“Bancroft & Lyne add a veneer of most eloquent intimacy to the art of the [voice and bass] duet.”
Ten tracks in all, four are originals from Bancroft, one from Lyne, and the rest are beloved classics which have been transformed by the pair, blending in to the album beautifully.
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
“Bancroft & Lyne are first-class jazz performers, improvisers and songwriters. Their performances here are upbeat, musical and subtle, and surprisingly made me totally forget about our COVID outbreak isolation lockdown.”
This transatlantic duo delivers a dynamic, entertaining and intimate interpretation of beautiful songs. Sophie Bancroft’s voice and effortless guitar is gorgeous over Tom Lyne’s virtuoso bass. Their storytelling and musicality is presented through a carefully chosen repertoire featuring original contemporary jazz-based songs alongside reimagined classic jazz standards and covers of songs by the likes of Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones. Heralded as a ‘must see’ act at a recent Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York the duo have performed at many venues and festivals around the UK, Europe and North America.
“Tom Waits meets Cole Porter. Mixing jazz and folk influences including elements of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.“
THE WORLD OF JAZZ
“Stunning pairing of the guitar and vocals of Sophie Bancroft and bassist Tom Lyne joined forces to provide an intimate but joyful duo”
“Uncommon artistry on the part of both members of the duo”
JAZZ DA GAMA
“jazz and folk, delivered with an intimacy and joy”
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