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Vocalist George Evans is getting the message. In a day and age where male balladeers come few and far between, Evans has been building up a body of vocal work relying on the tunes turned out by some of the top contributors to the Great American Songbook: Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Cole Porter and Ray Noble. As usual, joining him are some of the best Canadian rhythm artists on today's scene.. This time its Reg Schwager on guitar, Mark Eisenman, piano, Neil Swainson, bass, Jerry Fuller on drumsand Denny Christianson on trumpet. The result is some of the better small group playing on disk. Even though this is familiar material, Evans and his friends add a brightness to these beloved songs that demonstrate their timeliness. Highly recommended.
For more about Evans visit his web site at http://www.george-evans.net.
Track Listing: The Lamp Is Low; I Only Have Eyes for You; Darn that Dream; I'm Gonna
Laugh You Right out of My Life; Where Have You Been?; You Do
Something to Me; The Very Thought of You; I'll Never Be the Same; I'm a
Fool to Want You; Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year; Love for Sale; Alfie
Personnel: George Evans - Vocals; Reg Schwager - Guitar; Mark Eisenman - Piano;
Neil Swainson - Bass; Jerry Fuller - Drums; Danny Christianson -
Year Released: 2002
| Record Label: M-Swing Records
| Style: Vocal
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.