Please Leave Your Light On

Paul Kelly, Paul Grabowsky

Please Leave Your Light On
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Please Leave Your Light On

Paul Kelly, Paul Grabowsky

Please Leave Your Light On is the new collaborative album by multiple ARIA Award winners Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky, released on EMI Music Australia.

This unique body of work sees Kelly performing selections of his catalogue with new interpretations by Grabowsky, who accompanies him on piano.

The first taste of the collaboration comes in the way of double ‘A’ side single ‘If I Could Start Today Again’ / ‘Please Leave Your Light On’. Album also includes ‘Winter Coat’, ‘Petrichor’, ‘Time and Tide’ and Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’.

Review

In these extremely strange and challenging times, it’s nice sometimes to be able to fall back on some old favourites to help us through. And they don’t come any more familiar than the Pauls: Kelly & Grabowsky. The latter is Australian jazz royalty, probably our finest jazz pianist, and has been a leader in jazz circles for over thirty years. Kelly is, of course, a living Australian treasure, long regarded our best singer–songwriter, he has never been afraid to step away from the familiar and head down new avenues.

Please Leave Your Light On’s genesis was a project Paul Grabowsky was curating for UKARIA Cultural Centre in Mt Barker, South Australia, whereby he was working in a duo setting with various singers. After collaborating on this project, Grabowsky and Kelly both felt what they were working on had further potential and wanted to record it. Working with Paul’s extensive catalogue, Grabowsky adapted selected pieces for piano or voice, and, for example, adding a version of Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ to one cover.

I think the choice of songs was, wisely, more about their suitability for this project, rather than simply playing the hits. The results are both sublime and welcome. Kelly has long been happy to look outside his normal singer–songwriter territory and has found a wonderful musical partner in Grabowsky, whose interpretations give new life to these works, ‘finding things in them I [Kelly] didn’t know were there’. Two tracks of particular note for their beauty are ‘If I could Start Again Today’ and ‘Please Leave Your Light On’.


Dave Clarke is the music and DVD manager at Readings.

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