Jonathan Karrant is a soulful vocalist with a broad melodic reach, showcasing his might in this concert in Las Vegas at the globally-renowned Smith Center. The album combines standards and lesser-known fare, each given a smooth, appealing rendition.
Karrant is certainly a dynamic performer as this show vividly showcases. This beautiful concert document is a sublime example of Karrant's tuneful vocal delivery and amazing range. His voice is sultry, yet dynamic and confident, achieving a rich tone and a unique twist.
This concert unfolds over the span of 15 recordings, including Karrant's inspired versions of classics like "Feeling Good," as well as "Love for Sale," "No Moon at All," and 'Where Do You Start," among others. Karrant can reach astonishing highs with his voice, but he can also switch to a beautiful lower register, reminiscent of legends like Frank Sinatra, among others. It's amazing how he can seamlessly follow the band's changes and dynamics, driving the intensity of the performances, without ever overpowering the music, or being overpowered by it. It takes a really great jazz singer to accomplish all that, and Karrant definitely deserves that title! He also puts a lot of presence into his performances, making for an impressive sense of showmanship on a stage.
Track Listing: Almost Like Being in Love (Live); Charade (Live); Feeling Good (Live); Nature Boy (Live); No Moon at All (Live); Love for Sale (Live); Kissing a Fool (Live); Night Life (Live) [feat. Chadwick Johnson]; As Long as I Live (Live); Where Do You Start (Live); Cold (Live); Upside Down (Live); Teach Me Tonight (Live); Twisted (Live); The Curtain Falls (Live).
Personnel: Jonathan Karrant: Vocals; Jason Corpuz: Piano; David Ostrem: Bass; Paul Ringenbach: Drums; Charles McNeal: Saxophonist.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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