Cool and swinging, David Tughan sings the songs that we've come to know and hold dear. Builders Brew is his second album. Born and raised in Ireland, he performs throughout the United Kingdom, where audiences can soak up the tradition that he carries with him. With Frank Sinatra's phrasing and a delivery all his own, Tughan reaches out to a broad audience.
Surrounded by an organ/guitar trio that's augmented with tenor sax, the vocalist sails smoothly through each brief arrangement. He prefers to stick mainly with the melody of each tune. On "Love Me Tender," his presentation serves as an accurate representation of Elvis. On "'Round Midnight," he croons with a forlorn attitude that reflects the lyrics' passion. On the closing "Ay Fond Kiss," he wades delicately through a pop song arrangement of Robert Burns' poem with emotions at ease. "Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week" should reflect genuine feelings, but Tughan and the band prefer instead to swing this one with a jumpin' jive and cool tidings.
The singer's tone wears thin on occasion, and saxophonist Steve Kaldestad amplifies that quality with a diluted presence of his own. Nevertheless, Tughan has figured out how to entertain with reflections of popular singers from our past.
Track Listing: Luck be a Lady; There'll Be Some Changes Made; Little Girl Blue; The Best is Yet to Come; Makin' Whoopee; Love Me Tender; Something's Gotta Give; 'Round Midnight; Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week; You Don't Know What Love Is; Come Dance With Me; Ay Fond Kiss.
Personnel: David Tughan: vocals; Jim Mullen: guitar; Mike Gorman: organ; Steve Kaldestad: tenor saxophone; Matt Skelton: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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