Jim Ferguson sings of the romance that exists for all seasons. For his latest album he's selected a program of songs that dig deep; they tug at your heartstrings. Samples may be found at his web site . The session includes standards from Matt Dennis, Rodgers & Hart, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen and Yip Harburg, as well as a handful of Ferguson's originals. These songs represent a romantic spirit for any time of the year.
Henry Mancini's "Slow Hot Wind" reminds the listener of the importance of Nature to romance. Stefan Karlsson and Chris Potter add to that romantic air with impressive lyrical thoughts. On bass, Ferguson contributes a natural rhythm and melody. His approach to the bass, of course, is vocal-like. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" is presented by Ferguson alone: just bass and vocal. The combination works quite well. As the protégé of songwriter-pianist Loonis McGlohon and bassist Red Mitchell, Jim Ferguson has developed a melodic style for both instruments. "Come Home to Red" swings cool to the heart of jazz. Pared down with tenor saxophone and bass alongside his vocal lines, this lively tribute brings out the goose bumps. Ferguson's "Walkin' the Dog" is a humorous look at living together and needing a little space from time to time: the key to a healthy relationship. His inventive "What's a Guy Supposed to Do?" includes a little scat singing, while "Deep Summer Music" settles down with romance and a slow ballad crawl. Whether it's the rainy season, the coldest week of winter, or a torrid heat wave, Jim Ferguson's romantic collection of songs goes right to the heart of good music.
Track Listing: Deep Summer Music; What's a Guy Supposed to Do?; I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her; Wait Till You See Her; There'll Be Other Times; Walkin' the Dog; Slow Hot Wind; The Night we Called it a Day; Come Home to Red; Then I'll Be Tired of You; When the Night is Done; Nobody Home; When Your Lover has Gone; In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.
Personnel: Jim Ferguson- vocals, bass; Chris Potter- tenor saxophone; Stefan Karlsson- piano; Jim White- drums.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.