Crooning a romantic program of memorable songs by Rodgers and Hart, Toronto singer John Alcorn puts you at ease. His smooth-as-silk vocal delivery brings a positive message to the forum. You can 'hear' his smiles as Alcorn interprets each of these chestnuts with clarity and genuine passion. Not one to hold back, he urges you to take notice of each song's enchanting tale.
'Grand to be alive,' sings Alcorn with a gritty tinge in his voice that belies his sincerity. He later croons 'no ambition leads me' and 'nobody loves me' in a mellow ballad of woe. 'Quiet night' you can almost hear the things I'm thinking,' sings the romanticist in his straightforward manner. Open and honest about the music, he's convincing. With vocalist Molly Johnson, he sings a swinging arrangement that lets on about how 'I love to look in your eyes.' All the while, Alcorn is accompanied by a stellar unit. Piano, bass, drums, guitar and saxophone surround him and supply complementary asides. Everybody solos, allowing each to assist in interpreting these standards.
Swinging to thoughts of how 'love fell out with me' and 'my lips could move and talk,' Alcorn takes romance to its limits. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart created timeless signals that continue to light fires and warm hearts. In John Alcorn's hands, these priceless songs come to life.
Track Listing: Quiet Night; Thou Swell; You Are Too Beautiful; Isn?t It Romantic?; I Didn?t Know What Time It Was; Spring Is Here; This Can?t Be Love; My Romance; Falling In Love With Love; My Heart Stood Still; With a Song in My Heart; You Took Advantage Of Me; Nobody?s Heart/My Funny Valentine.
Personnel: John Alcorn- vocals, with piano on ?Nobody?s Heart/My Funny Valentine;? Richard Whiteman- piano; Steve Wallace- double bass; Daniel Barnes- drums, percussion; Ted Quinlan- guitar; Michael Stuart- tenor saxophone; Moshe Hammer, Adele Armin- violin on ?Nobody?s Heart/My Funny Valentine;? Kent Teeple- viola on ?Nobody?s Heart/My Funny Valentine;? David Heatherington- cello on ?Nobody?s Heart/My Funny Valentine;? Molly Johnson- duet vocal on ?This Can?t Be Love.?
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.