Mojo

MOJO:
It’s not just that Carol Jarvis is a musician who plays fine trombone; the miracle is that she plays at all. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma six years ago, she’s undergone countless treatments, one involving a radioactive isotope that meant her being left in a lead-lined room until she was safe to be around people. The bottom line is that, whatever her circumstances, she is a musician worth hearing, one who’s fashioned arrangements from Seal and orchestrated tracks for Corinne Bailey Rae. Here, her playing has been set against a backdrop of strings as she negotiates such standards as How High the Moon, Caravan, Tico-Tico, and But Beautiful, along with a few originals. The result is an album of high-grade easy listening, clad in a sleeve painted by Rolf Harris, that benefits Macmillan Cancer Support. Both a worthy release and cause.

—Fred Dellar