Jane Irving
4.5 stars
Reviewed by Barry O’Sullivan

Jane Irving’s’ ability to navigate the many sides of the jazz vocal genre is confirmed by this album of eleven engagingly diverse songs, some of which display her accomplished pianism and others, her superbly refined scatting skill. Based in New York for just over a decade and having performed there in some of its top venues including Birdland, Zinc Bar and Mezzrow Jazz Club, where the album was launched, Don’t Quit Now reflects on the dark days of living in that metropolis during the COVID pandemic, while offering a diverse and engaging musical journey through the jazz spectrum. Joining Irving on the session is Josh Richman on piano, her husband Kevin Hailey on bass, and Kayvon Gordon on drums. They provide no unnecessary adornment to the songs, yet they create the perfect ambience for Irving to deliver her delicate interpretations. Her voice has an effortless swing, revealing compassion and warmth when required. Favourites include the title and opening track, where Irving offers an interesting take on an emotive number under a cloak of restraint. On Someone’s Been Sending Me Flowers, Irving confirms her pianism, while providing an expressive and humorous rendition showing her commitment to the musical diversity of jazz. The recording is highly recommended to lovers of vocal jazz, and delivers creativity, originality, and emotional impact.