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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rick Blessing: I'm Just The Guy For You

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Vocalists always seem to get the short end of the jazz stick. Even back in the Swing Era, the female singers standing in front of the bands were called “the birds" and were not considered musicians by the players. Be that as it may, Rick Blessing is a wonderful vocalist and songwriter so thoroughly in touch with the style of the fifties and sixties swinging jazz/pop singer, that you would think he really is his father's age. ...

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Rick Blessing: I'm Just The Guy For You!

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It takes a bunch of chutzpah to create a musical persona and bring it off on disc and in an on-stage act successfully, and singer Rick Blessing has essentially done just that. His preferred ambiance on this debut album is the comfort level of a Frank Sinatra mid-Twentieth Century crooner. Pictured on the album's artwork, and included in the photos, is a snapbrim “Ring-A-Ding-Ding" hat along with a hipster picture of two-toned shoes somewhat akin to those retro swing groups ...