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The black CD cover, the dark sunglasses, the singer's scowling face eclipsed by shadowa sort of Meet the Beatles shot, minus three, with a big dose of new millennium attitude. You might think you were in for some obstreperous rap sounds. But L. Zaide's Planet Chill showcases the velvet-voiced singer, embracing, with reverence, ten American Songbook classics.
Zaide's vocal delivery has been compared to trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker'sa cool, smooth flow, a relaxed and effortless croon. The similarity is there, but he's much better technically, and a whole bunch deeper emotionally; also mix in some whispery Joao Gilberto gentleness. And speaking of Gilberto, Zaide offers up a marvelous version of Jobim's "Concovado." Cole Porter's "Night & Day" churns through a nice rhythmic upgradeinto an Afro-Cuban modeafter a ballad-time intro with Jon Geever's tenor sax counterpointing Zaide's hushed, androgynous vocal.
Zaide's story is an interesting one. The son of Phillipine immigrants, he migratedfrom home base Chicagoto Las Vegas to pursue the perennial day job in Hotel and Entertainment Administration, an occupation that introduced him to some of the gambling/entertainment mecca's finest musicians. A longtime night time gig singer, Zaide decided to hire some of those players to document his love for the songbook classics, resulting in this fine, if oddly tilted effort.
Track Listing: Fly Me to the Moon, I Only Have Eyes For You, I Fall in Love Too Easily, Blue & Sentimental,
Night & Day, Corcovado, Blue Moon, April In Paris, Caravan, You'd Be So Nice to Come
Home To, Corcovado - The Chill Take, Might & Day - Planet L. Zaide Intro
Personnel: L. Zaide: vocals; Nolan Stolz: drums; Geoff Neumann: bass; Richard Forrester, Joe Lano:
guitar; Tony Branco: piano; Jon Geever: saxophone; Gil Kaupp: trumpet.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...