No Evil Reviews

What people say about Sue’s 2014 album

Jazzwise Magazine
APRIL 2014

A more mainstream jazz session but nevertheless another high quality recording from this ultra-flexible, well-regarded vocalist, singing from the Great American and modern jazz songbook with a quartet including Jim Mullen.

Alan Musson, Jazz Kaleidoscope
MARCH 2014

For this, her third jazz recording, Sue takes the bold step of enlisting the support of just two core musicans, guitarist Jim Mullen and bassist Andrew Cleyndert, with Steve Waterman on trumpet and flugelhorn. Most of the songs are first or second takes.  There is a clear vulnerability in her timbre, wistful on 'Come Rain or Come Shine' and 'The Man I Love', she turns up the passion, becoming almost anguished in her delivery on 'God Bless the Child' and 'Stormy Weather'.  Steve Waterman adds just the right mellow soulfulness to 'Without a Song'. and a nicely measured solo on 'Weaver of Dreams' and a lovely flugelhorn solo on 'Very Early'. The overarching feeling is quality late night jazz vocals with Jim Mullen providing relaxed yet bluesy accompaniment thoughout.  An album to treasure and to share with friends.

Jim Mullen

I think Sue did a fantastic job on 'No Evil'.  Congratulations to her for the great choice of repertoire.  We all had a lot of fun, and hope Sue enjoyed it as much as we did.  Well done Sue!  We are all trying to achieve something beautiful, that we are proud of, and you achieved that.

Jazz UK Magazine
APRIL 2014

Album number five from Sue McCreeth is something of a departure for the singer, as she approaches the standards that make up the bulk of the disc's tracks in a rather more straight-ahead fashion than she has done on previous recordings.  Sue shows herself to be a skilful and faithful interpreter of the repertoire, and 'No Evil' is a very pleasant and well-executed recording that features some lovely solos, particularly from guitarist Jim Mullen on a sweet rendition of 'God Bless the Child'. The minimal line-up of Mullen, Steve Waterman on trumpet and Andrew Cleyndert on double bass lends itself to the gentle pacing and ambience at play here.  A fine album by any standards.

The Observer, Dave Gelly
11 MAY 2014
****  Sue McCreeth's first all-standards album is an intimate affair
Until now, she has mainly recorded her own songs, but one couldn't help noticing that, whenever Sue McCreeth chose something else, it would be Herbie Hancock or maybe Wayne Shorter.  In other words, she doesn't go for the easy option.

This is her first all-standards album, and in impeccable company, too - guitarist Jim Mullen, trumpeter Steve Waterman and bassist Andrew Cleyndert.  It's not singer plus accompaniment so much as four musicians working together, and the result is a dozen intimate and nicely judged performances.  The subdued volume brings out the best in McCreeth's voice, especially her whispery low register.

Nick Lea in Jazz Views
JUNE 2014

Having reviewed Sue’s album 500 Miles High back in 2004 the singer seemed to disappear off my radar so it is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to reacquaint myself with her work some ten years later on this latest album.

Having built a reputation for mostly performing original material, with a scattering of covers, this is the first recording McCreeth has made where all the material are standards, and in doing so demonstrates just how versatile a performer she is. 

Working with a paired down line up, sans drums, was an inspired choice and presents some of these well-known and well-loved songs in a less familiar setting than with the more conventional piano, bass, drums and horns. The repertoire suits McCreeth well, allowing the expressiveness in her voice to shine through, and there is no weak or second rate offering on the disc.

McCreeth has a distinctive edge to her voice that adds a further freshness to the material and her phrasing and delivery of the lyrics is never less than captivating, as if hanging on to her every word. Nice to hear as well a gently swinging ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ that is taken at a nigh on perfect tempo, and the singer proves her worth with material from Great American songbook tackling Harold Arlen’s ‘Stormy Weather’ and ‘Come Rain Or Come Shine’ with panache. More contemporary tunes come from the writing talents of Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver  on ‘Speak No Evil’ and ‘Pretty Eyes’ respectively; and the band swing hard on a stellar reading of ‘Devil May Care’.

Guitarist Mullen and Andy Cleyndert on bass provide the ideal support, unobtrusive but highy effective in accompaniment, and stepping up to the mark with some great solos. Trumpeter, Steve Waterman, is not heard on every track but makes his presence felt when he does put the horn to his lips as on the aforementioned ‘Speak No Evil’ and the ballads ‘Weaver of Dreams’ and ‘Very Early’.

This is a strong album from Sue McCreeth, and I for one will be making every effort to ensure that she does not disappear off my radar again anytime soon.