137

Stan Edwards: My Tribute To That Darin Guy

Daniel Kassell By

Sign in to view read count
Stan Edwards: My Tribute To That Darin Guy Joe Franklin, the WOR icon, said it best: “Bobby Darin fans are in for a real treat!” I had to wait till track 4 of My Tribute To That Darin Guy to listen to Stan Edwards take on my favorite Bobby Darin ballad, “Beyond The Sea.”

Even if you’re not a fan, I’ll bet you’ll recognize “Mack the Knife,” the Kurt Weill tune, previously made famous by Louis Armstrong with his Satchelmouth gravel baritone. Gary Pace ingeniously arranges a medley by following Mack with “Clementine” segueing into “Artificial Flowers.”

The swinger “Was There a Call for Me” expresses Edwards' upbeat vocalizing. “Bill Bailey,” the oldest traditional anthem – credited here to Bobby Darin for the extra lyrics, but long ago part of the public domain – adds Linda Ipanema to answer Edwards (Bill Bailey’s phrases), with Ralph Hamperian on tuba, Gary Pace on piano and Steve Little on drums all the time in the background to make it cook. Ditto Billy Gray’s horn workout on trumpet, an exciting addition to “Rainin’.”

On “A Nightengale(sic) Sang in Berkeley(sic) Square,” Edwards lets the story tell itself. It’s inescapable to recognize that the Vegas style (like Nancy Sinatra's) is present in Stan Edwards' repertoire through his pace and phrasing. If there’s one thing noticeably off-kilter on this CD, it’s the electric bass played without much of an inkling of the melodies!

They say “double is better” and Stan Edwards with vocalist Langston Werty make “Two of a Kind” a star on this CD.

From the top – “There’s a Rainbow Round My Shoulder” and “You’re the Reason I’m Living," then “That Funny Feeling” (a Darin original all before my favorite) – and beyond, Stan Edwards comes into his own on “That’s All.” If you listen to the lyrics and imagine that Edwards believes what’s he’s saying, then it’s not Darin you’re hearing, but a new male singer destined to make more music – that’s all!


Track Listing: Rainbow Round My Shoulder; You're The Reason I'm Living; That Funny Feeling; Beyond The Sea; The Mack Medley; Rainin'; Was There A Call For Me; Bill Bailey; A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square; Two Of A Kind; That's All; The Curtain Falls; The Party's Over; That Darin Guy.

Personnel: Stan Edwards-vocalist; Gary Pace-Pianist, Arranger; Billy Gray-Trumpet; Ralph Hamperian-Bass; Langston Werty-Vocals; Linda Ipanema-Vocals; Steve Little-Drums.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Saulius | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Of The Night" CD/LP/Track Review Of The Night
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 28, 2016
Read "Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 7, 2016
Read "05:21" CD/LP/Track Review 05:21
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Wisdom Of Elders" CD/LP/Track Review Wisdom Of Elders
by James Nadal
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "Nomade Orquestra" CD/LP/Track Review Nomade Orquestra
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!