George Graham: How About Me?
>P>If it weren't for Graham's jazz background, this album would fall into the easy listening or smooth jazz category. It's all very pretty, there is little here that's innovative or improvisional, except of course, for the means used to originate much of the music. As for the real players, Calabria McChesney adds a romantic violin to "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and Cathy del Russo's English Horn embellishes "Willow Weep for Me". Kubis' contributions have been mentioned and the Florence piano holds up its end on such cuts as "That's All"
Given Graham's virtuosity, I wish I could be more enthusiastic about this album of mostly well known ballads. It doesn't quite reach the level of Bobby Hackett's work with Jackie Gleason. The best one can say is that it makes very pretty but unintrusive music for reading or dinner. Visit Graham on the Internet at www.trumpetgeorge.com.
Track Listing: How about Me?; What's New?; But Beautiful; Day by Day; Willow Weep for Me; Didn't We?; Here's That Rainy Day; I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face; You Go to My Head; A Foggy Day; The Summer Knows; Meet Mrs. Banning; Star Eyes; That's All
Personnel: George Graham - Trumpet; Tom Kubis - Soprano & Alto Sax; Bob Florence - Piano; Bob McChesney - Trombone; Calabria McChesney - Violin; Catherine Del Russo - English Horn
Record Label: Pippo Avenue