Singer-songwriter Jon Regen's songs are solid, if not terribly inspired. Accompanying himself on piano and Hammond organ with Jonathan Sanborn on bass and Eric Addeo on drums, Regen plays charts that sound much like stripped down Bruce Hornsby arrangements. His lyricscovering love, lost love, love for one's child and the troubadour's obligatory lament about touringare heavy on the rhymes and only occasionally clever or surprising. Given all that, it might seem that Almost Home, Regen's new disc, would be easy to pass over.
But one factorindeed, the key factormakes the album worth a spin: Regen is a quality singer. This is not an assessment of his technical ability, but an accolade for the sheer listenability of his voice. Presented straight-up with little if any electronic aid and sparse backup vocals (provided by Regan himself when they are present), Regan's voicerich, a touch smoky, invitingelevates the material from catchy-but-commonplace to catchy-and-cool. Provided with better music and lyrics, Regen's voice might carry him a long, long way.
Track Listing: 1. A Hundred Days
2. Hold-Out Your Heart
3. What Am I Supposed To Do From Here
4. Little One
5. Better Than Before
6. I Will Be Here
7. Only My Credit Card Remembers Where I've Been
Personnel: Jon Regen: vocals, piano, Hammond organ; Jonathan Sanborn: bass; Eric Addeo: drums
Year Released: 2004
| Record Label: HiTone
| Style: Vocal
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.