332

Chris Humphrey: Nothing but Blue Sky

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Chris Humphrey: Nothing but Blue Sky Vocalist/composer Chris Humphrey's release Nothing but Blue Sky continues a recent trend of jazz vocal recordings that feature the vocalist backed sparingly with a piano trio or less instrumentation, without brass or reeds. This enables craftsmen like Humphrey to both explore and display their talents for both singing and, in the case of Humphrey, arranging the music he sings.

Perhaps the best way to describe Humphrey's vocal talent is durable. His voice is neither pretty nor unpretty. It is capable and pleasant, and can hold up under the strain of his progressive and demanding arrangements. Humphrey's reharmonization of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now produces a perfectly listenable jazz version that gently incorporates the light reggae of the original with Humphrey's impeccable ability to transform a melody into something previously unheard.

Humphrey is also a master Monk interpreter. "Friday the 13th and "In Walked Bud are dispatched with a muscular thoughtfulness. Humphrey never stoops to blatant technique, blending perfectly his broad range with his harmonic sophistication.

Humphrey employs the hardest working drummer in jazz, Matt Wilson, who provides Humphrey with a sure time and appropriately piquant percussion, particularly on the Latin, "One Note Samba. In a market of flashy Harry Connicks, Pete Cincottis and Tony DeSares, Chris Humphrey offers a stripped down alternative that bares the bones of the songs he interprets, better allowing the listener to understand the composers' intentions.

Track Listing: I Can See Clearly Now; Friday The 13th; If I Should Lose You; Anna's Song (Safe In My Arms); Swingin' 'Til The Girls Come Home; Solitude; In Walked Bud; Lullaby For Jackson; A Love So Strong; One Note Samba; Every Time I Feel The Spirit.

Personnel: Chris Humphrey: vocals; Matt Wilson: drums; Martin Wind: bass; Mark Shilansky: piano.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Cadence Jazz Records | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Two CD/LP/Track Review Two
by Joe Gatto
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Shovel Down" CD/LP/Track Review Shovel Down
by Doug Collette
Published: December 18, 2016
Read "Brian Bromberg" CD/LP/Track Review Brian Bromberg
by Dave Wayne
Published: May 28, 2016
Read "Oaktree" CD/LP/Track Review Oaktree
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 12, 2017
Read "Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "One" CD/LP/Track Review One
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 31, 2017
Read "avantNOIR" CD/LP/Track Review avantNOIR
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 29, 2017
comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!