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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 with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com