Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

7

Greg Nathan: I'll Think Of Something

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Bassist/vocalist Greg Nathan makes it perfectly clear that he would like the liner notes of I'll Think of Something to be read before listening to the disc. He wants to lay the groundwork for an intimate and proper homage to his late father, composer Charles Nathan. Joining Nathan is guitarist Mike Denny for a recital of eleven original compositions and standards. Among these is Charles Nathan's "I'll Think Of Something" from his musical "Where The Heck's The Plot," which is a real treat because of the close and personal way Nathan plays and sings the piece.

Nathan follows the title piece with the original "My Own Man," a statement announcing that he is picking up where his father left off. But this is getting ahead of ourselves. What really makes this collection of songs special is the honest and unadorned treatment within the close confines of this bass-guitar duo. Nathan is a very capable singer who immediately captures the attention with the perfect imperfection of his voice. Nathan has the voice of a lyricist: think of listening to Oscar Hammerstein or Lorenz Hart singing at the piano. While Nathan will not be mistaken for being a great singer, his singing approach is filled with a charming honesty that is endearing if not infectious.

"Georgia On My Mind," "Like Someone In Love" and "Alright, Okay, You Win" all brim with mirth and sincerity. Denny's support of Nathan is carefully tuned with plenty of time for soloing by both parties. Of particular note is the duo's performance of "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance" where Nathan bows and vocalizes the lyrics save for the title words, which he sings while playing pizzicato. After subsequent listenings, this old Victor Young/Ned Washington song really establishes itself as a centerpiece, displaying all the talent wares of the recording.

I'll Think of Something is a recording in the vein of Paul Marinaro's Without A Song (Self Produced, 2013) which was a digital love song to Marinaro's father. Nathan's efforts are superior in their simplicity and authenticity. It is always good to acknowledge from where we came.

Track Listing: Georgia On My Mind; Like Someone In Love; I'm Glad There Is You; Alright, Okay, You Win; If I Didn't Have You; The Second Time Around; I' Don't Stand A Ghost of A Chance With You; I'll Think Of Something; My Own Man; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; There Are Such Things.

Personnel: Greg Nathan: bass, vocals; Mike Denny: guitar.

Title: I'll Think Of Something | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rain or Shine CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Somewhere Glimmer CD/LP/Track Review Somewhere Glimmer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "Big Man on Campus" CD/LP/Track Review Big Man on Campus
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 7, 2017
Read "Town And Country" CD/LP/Track Review Town And Country
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 21, 2017
Read "JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°" CD/LP/Track Review JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "Pelagos" CD/LP/Track Review Pelagos
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 14, 2017
Read "Honey And Salt" CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "Tipico" CD/LP/Track Review Tipico
by James Nadal
Published: January 12, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!