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There is a lot to hear on Filipino Mon David's debut American recording. David (pronounced MOAN da-VID), a winner of the 2006 London International Jazz Vocal competition, is able to navigate octaves without skipping a beat, owns a smooth vocal quality sometimes reminiscent of Tony Bennett
's theme song, "Moonlight Serenade," shows up with a Latin personality. He does a memorable turn on "Invitation," a song with extremely difficult musical intervals (probably why it is hardly ever sung) and a sensitive reading on Livingston-Evans' powerful piece "Never Let Me Go." He shares his wit on "No More Blues" (with the Jon Hendricks
's "Well You Needn't," with David's Tagalog lyric.
David is joined by Filipino piano virtuoso Tateng Katindig (check out his work on "Moonlight Serenade"), the aforementioned Thiroux, Abe Lagrimas on drums and Carlo David on the caón, a Peruvian percussion instrument. He also plays guitar and percussion on some of the tracks. Guests on this CD are David's "jazzipino sister," vocalist Charmaine Clamor, who duets with him on "Only Once," and Justo Almario on tenor saxophone.
David is a singer that likes to take musical risks. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with on his next record outing.
Track Listing: Footprints; Invitation; Throw It Away; Only Once; Some Other Time; There Is No Greater Love; Moonlight; Moonlight Serenade; No More Blues; Kailangan Yan; Never Let Me Go.