I'm in Love with a Girl is the third album for Doug Ferony where he continues his determined effort to bring fresh renderings of the great standards to public notice. This time around he has thrown in some captivating originals, including the title tune which appeared on the soundtrack of the film, Mr. Vincent. Also unlike his previous release, where he was joined by Dena DeRose on piano, Ferony has enlisted the services of the Clark Gault Big Band to work with for most of the cuts. Unfortunately, the names of these fine musicians are not included in the liner notes except for soloists. Those getting front and center attention are Gault on trombone, Gary Pack on trumpet and Tim Ries on alto sax. Pack provides an especially telling performance on "It Had to be You" as does Ries on the "The Very Thought of You".
The play list has a nice mix of ballads and up tempo material, all delivered by Ferony in an extremely pleasing and listenable crooner like baritone. One of the fun tunes on the program is "Kansas City" where he's backed by a couple of back up vocalists which brings back memories of some of the tunes from the 1950's with the backups inserting squeals along the way. But Ferony stirs memories of those male masters of the pop tune so sorely missed, viz., Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes and Bobby Darin. It's a pleasure to listen to a singer who gets by with simply working the material without feeling he has to muddle matters with the patina of what passes for hip these days. This is an album loaded with enduring tunes with engaging arrangements performed by a singer who knows what to do with them. Recommended.
Track Listing: I'm in Love with a Girl; Kansas City; Mack the Knife; Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado); Going in Style; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; The Very Thought of You; It's All Right with Me; I've Got the World on a String; It Had to Be You; Nice Work if You Can Get It; Where or When; The Lady Is a Tramp; That Old Black Magic; Night and Day; Kansas City (Reprise)
Personnel: Doug Ferony - Vocals; Clark Gault - Conductor/Trombone; Kathy Ferony, Nancy Godwin, Donna Salvatore - Backup Vocals; Gary Pack - Trumpet; Bob Ward - Guitar
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.