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 my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.