Precious Things


She’s a terrific player, but displays of blinding technique are not her style. Her strength lies in her ability to absorb the huge variety of modern approaches to the instrument, without copying any of them. and produce witty and personal music in the process 

Dave Gelly The Observer

Blow the Fuse Records BTF0204CD
Recorded at Livingstone Studios, London • April 24–26 2001
Mixed and mastered at The Steam Rooms, East India Dock Road, E14
Engineered by Jon Wilkinson • Mastered by Jon Wilkinson
Assistant Producer Alison Rayner • Produced by Deirdre Cartwright

Special thanks to Debbie Dickinson

Design by Julia Lloyd

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Deirdre Cartwright Guitars
Janette Mason Piano, Hammond organ, synths
Alison Rayner Double bass, Electric bass
Carola Grey Drums

Track Listing

Cold War
Precious Things
X Factor
Urban Reshuffle
No Nylon
Smells like Jazz

Album Reviews

On Precious Things she shows her jazz versatility as her all – female quartet breeze through organ – based grooves, swing and fusion. The title track sounds like Pat Metheny on a good day and Smells like Jazz is snaky funk that John Scofield would be proud of.


John Bungey The Times

The title track is a little gem of modern guitar playing, with its Bill Frisell meets Pat Metheny wide open spaces feel.

Peter Bacon Birmingham Post

.. and it’s for me the most exciting track from an absolutely great album by the guitarist Deirdre Cartwright. I got the CD last week and Monday hasn’t come around quick enough


Humphrey Lyttleton BBC Radio 2

Cartwright’s mingling of a Metheny – like sound and delicate textures suggestive of Ralph Towner is very expressive on the title track, and the idiomatic range is full of surprises.


John Fordham The Guardian