Pete Brady and His Big Band: With a Song in My Heart
The band earns an A+ for the way it backs Brady. Ensemble work sizzles on the swing numbers and is appropriately tender on ballads. Solos are limited, but when they come like the fine tenor on "Our Love Is Here to Stay", they are solid and jazzy. Unfortunately, no credit is given for these outings in the liner notes. Is Brady a jazz singer? The same question has been asked many times about Sinatra and Bennett. If one has the talent to entertain like they have, the question is moot. Highly recommended.
Track Listing: That Old Black Magic; Just in Time; I'll Be Seeing You; In the Still of the Night; I've Got the World on a String; How Deep Is the Ocean; If I Ruled the World; God Bless the Child; Up a Lazy River; With a Song in My Heart; That's All; Begin the Beguine; Our Love Is Here to Stay; Stardust; Just One of Those Things
Personnel: Pete Brady - Vocals; Mike Lewis - Leader/Arranger; Steve Reid, Jason Carder, Jim Hacker, Kenny Faulk - Trumpet; Mike Eagan, Dante Luciani, Wade Eisinger, Joe Barati - Trombone; Bill Ross, Gary Keller, Dan Salmasian, Jim Hayward, Mike Brignola - Sax; Ed Metz, Dave Hardman - Drums; Charlie Silva - Bass; Connie Fay - Piano; String Section
Style: Big Band