Quick and to the Point: Cool-Jazzy-Loungy-Swinging vocals. .
One meets a sociable toned singer’s take on straight-up jazz in Martini & Rocket.
All the compositions, except for “Making Whoopee”, are Christie's. The opener, “C’Mon, C’Mon” – with its free spirited head, cool and hip muted trumpet– steers directly toward steady head swinging. Its muteness will return in the swinging cut “Told You Once,” to great effect and solo capabilities, while the rhythm section burns the track. Christie’s voice, tone, delivery and rhythmic notions are as midranged as they are mainstreamed. That’s to say that his midrange tenor jazzy undertakings are not on the edge of anything. His work is squarely centered in recognizable devices and comfortable listening experiences derived from the blues, jazz and similar traditions.
For instance, framed with excellent accompaniment, such support from the guest musicians enhances the brushed masculine romance encountered in the group's rendition of “Making Whoopee.” The force is strong in this one. Just as he does throughout the rest of the recording, pianist Jordan Baskin invites a whoopee mood with strongly harmonic, sensual playing. In “Ain’t Got You Yet,” funk is in and the Ben Willis bass lines are sweeeet. “One More Reason (Island Style)” is peppy and Christie seems to relive his experiences in Puerto Rico. They have some beachy urban fun with this one. Even a classical cello led piece is included in “Sick of It All.”
Martini and Rocket straight up...
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Track Listing: 1. C
Personnel: Vocals & Vision: Rae Christie. Guest Musicians: Bass: Greg Geary
(1,3,7) Josh Thurston-Milgrom (2,6) & Ben Willis (4). Cello: Eric Remschneider. Drums
: Kobie Watkins (1,2,3,4,6,7). Piano: Jordan Baskin. Trumpet: David Young
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.