Clive Powell aka Georgie Fame takes us back to the future with a CD that features three tunes of the legendary Pianist/Composer Tadd Dameron: "On A Misty Night", "That's The Way It Goes" and "Accentuate The Bass." Fame has set lyrics to these Dameron classics well as a salute to King Pleasure with a fine rendition of "Symphony Sid." Georgie Fame's voice is surely attuned to the jazz idiom despite his occasional forays into other forms of music, although he did tour Europe with Basie in the 60's. Fame has a swinging quality to his vocals on the jump tunes and a ballad style that is tender and compelling. Bobby Troup's "Girl Talk" is hipness personified the melody has always been lovely and Ben Sidran's clever lyrics just add to it. Sidran ably joins Fame in the vocal. With Bob Malach's Jacquet like tenor work, David Hazeltine at the Piano, Louis Hayes on Drums and Peter Washington, Bass, you have a first class ensemble.This recording is well worth a listen.
Track Listing: Tuned Into You, But Not For Me, Doodlin', Declaration Of My Love, Symphony Sid, On A Misty Night, That's The Way It Goes, Do It The Hard Way, Girl Talk, It Could Happen To You, Accentuate The Bass, Lush Life.
Personnel: Georgie Fame, Vocals Bob Malach, Tenor Saxophone David Hazeltine, Piano Louis Hayes, Drums Peter Washington, Bass
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.