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"...sounds of a gifted singer who is able to deliver a variety of songs with a delightfully sensuous, soft and sultry voice......Her heart wrenching rendition of “Cry Me A River” and sexually charged version of “Fever” would please any fan of Peggy Lee......Simply Me, simply put is a delightful recording. The sound is excellent, the musicianship superb and Helen Abbey certainly has the voice of wonderful jazz singer."
Craig W. Hurst. Jazzreview.com
"... an excellent collection of sheer elegance …...her sensitive phrasing nails the end of the lines with crystal clear clarity…..Helen’s spontaneous vocal is warm, sensuous and makes these beautiful melodies even more intriguing……Helen excels with an ever shifting variety of detail…... totally recognisable songs with beautiful vocalsand free flowing instrumentation by a tight rhythm section, a very creditable debut by someone we are going to be hearing a lot more from."
Wes Gillespie. EuroClubdeJazz.com
“I'm happy to have to inform that your CD has been very well received by the listeners. ….I love the tone of your voice. You are a consummate stylist. Your interpretation uplifts lyrics and melodies and discovers their inner beauty. You capture the mood of any tune. In short: you are a complete vocalist with a very personal style.”
João da Penha Journalist, author and Brazilian music critic.

“I first heard Helen sing a long time ago when she was a student - she must have been in her late teens. I wasn’t. I thought then, “What a great voice. This girl’s got it”. Time has passed. I’ve just turned 60 and Helen’s …… well, she’s not a teenager anymore. On hearing her sing again on this album. The response is the same, “What a great voice. This woman’s got it”. Good band too! Enjoy.”

Bill Oddie
“She’s well qualified to put her musical talents on record. It’s a CD brimming with melody…backed by a fine trio…..features some superb harmonica playing by Luigi Ferrara. It’s a fine debut CD and Helen Abbey’s enthusiasm for the music is evident throughout.”
Alan Crumpton’s Jazz Round Up
“Ex-Goody, Bill Oddie, knows all about birds. Now he’s endorsing the talents of a lady called Helen Abbey who sings like one! She’s also been ‘spotted’ in the Sony ‘Search for a New Jazz Star’ competition. The mix of material on the album works fine …’Morning Dance’ an instrumental (with Helen’s lyrics) makes an ideal opening number. Helen gives an effortless rendition and delivers the lyric with gusto…. Musical treats include tasty guitar solos from Tony Sandeman and a homage to Toots Thielemans by harmonica player Luigi Ferrara…..Helen is very strong on sustained notes, she can handle songs like ‘Cry Me A River’ and ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ with no problem……she definitely charms the birds off the trees!”
Jill Goldman. Jazz Singers Network
“Helen Abbey is going to be a star!”
Ruth French. Elite Magazine


Helen Abbey - Smooth Jazz