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 love jazz because it is the only existing music style which let you
I was first exposed to jazz by Gunther Hampel in Hamburg, around 1972.
I met Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, Karl Berger, Michel Camilo, a.o.
The best show I ever attended was Salif Keita at the Blue Note in
The first jazz record I bought was the Tony Scott and Hozan Yamamoto
My advice to new listeners: when you listen to my music, please be a
part of it.