Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia - 'Never Say Goodbye'.
Never Say Goodbye:
Featuring with Barbara are the usual suspects - Jon Hiseman, Peter Lemer, Billy Thompson and Dave 'Taif' Ball.
Along with a Concerto for Paraphernalia, Brass and Saxes in three movements "Life in the Fast Lane" the album features two Jazz classics, John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and Benny Golson's "Are You Real." both with a sting in the tail!
Times On-line review by John Bungey:
Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia - Never Say Goodbye
Here is an album that few expected. In 2001 the saxophonist and bandleader retired from touring after Parkinson's disease was diagnosed. But with the help of new medication, Thompson and her band Paraphernalia are back recording - hence the CD title.
On the Wings of a Prayer is a boisterous reminder of the rugged British brand of jazz-rock fusion that she and her husband, the drummer Jon Hiseman, helped to define. The freewheeling brass is anchored by electric bass and propulsive drums. Later, the gypsy violin of Billy Thompson adds an exotic twist. Thompson calls this her most 'jazz' album yet, with a swing through Giant Steps before blowing hot through Benny Golson's Are You Real? A pleasure to have her back.