239

NYJO Featuring Atila the Killer Diller: Something Old, Something New

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Great Britain's superlative National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which celebrates its fortieth birthday in October (how the time does fly!), has had a number of topnotch vocalists through the years, most of them female—Jenny Howe, Annabel Williams, Jacqui Hicks, Lorraine Craig, Sheena Davies, Sumudu Jayatilaka—and now comes their male counterpart, personable Atila Huseyin, nicknamed by the band Atila the Killer Diller.

To me, Atila hasn't yet earned the status of Killer Diller, but I'm a tough sell, having grown up listening to such giants as Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Bing Crosby, Matt Dennis, Dean Martin and, more recently, Bobby Darin. An unfair comparison, of course, but those are the benchmarks. Right now, Atila sounds more like a young Harry Connick Jr., which isn't bad but a long way from Sinatra or Tormé. On the other hand, Atila has plenty of time (I doubt that he's yet out of his teens) to trim the rough edges, enhance the charisma and work even harder on his diction and timing. He certainly has the voice, a warm rich baritone with admirable range, and that's more than half the battle.

Even now, on his debut album, Atila's certainly no slouch, swinging easily through the up-tempo numbers, handling the ballads with assurance and showing he's only a step or two away from becoming what he soon could be, namely, one of the finest young Jazz singers to emerge in quite some time. Right now he's somewhat outshone by the impressive charts, but I've a hunch that soon could change.

Annabel Williams returns to sing duets with Atila on two likable songs by director Bill Ashton, "Needs Must and "Someone, while Lauren Derwent makes it a twosome on the evergreen "Beautiful Ohio. NYJO adds a string section, conducted by trumpeter Evan Jolly, on "Ohio and Ashton's compositions "You Were Marvelous Darling and "Picture of the Future. The album's title derives from the fact that some of the songs are of fairly recent lineage while others have been around the block more than a few times. "Sidewalks of New York dates from 1894, "Ida from 1903, "Somebody Stole My Gal from 1918, "Chicago from 1922, "She's Funny That Way from 1928. On Ashton's perky "Matching Shoes, written to depict "hep cats and "jive dancing from the '40s, Atila proclaims that he is indeed a "killer diller.

NYJO is in top-notch form, and young Atila Huseyin definitely makes a promising entrance. We're sure to be hearing much more from this young singer whose abundance of raw talent needs only some fine-tuning before he joins the ranks of today's best contemporary Jazz vocalists and is perhaps even compared favorably to those who came before him.

Visit the National Jazz Youth Orchestra on the web.

Track Listing: Chicago; She's Funny That Way; You Were Marvelous Darling; It

Personnel: Atila Huseyin: vocals, with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra -- Bill Ashton: music director; Dan Carpenter, Alex Maynard, Adam Brown, Robbie Robson, Evan Jolly: trumpet; Simon Willescroft, Tom Richards, Richard Shepherd, Mark Hanslip, Dave Shulman, Gemma Moore: reeds; Chris Bishop: horn; Alistair White, Jon Stokes, Paul Wright, Billy Yates, Paul Frost: trombone; Paul Greenwood: flute; Rob Barron, Chris Isaac: piano; Chris Allard: guitar; Tom Farmer: bass; Richard Barr: drums; Lyndsay Evans: percussion; Lauren Derwent: percussion, vocals; Annabel Williams: vocals. Tracks 3, 7, 14 -- Strings conducted by Evan Jolly; Victoria Mavromoustaki, Sarah Tuke, Jae Yoo, Eleanor Fagg, Carlota Amargos, Sophie Lockett, Claire Kennigton, Guillermina Chivite, Helen Philips: violin; David Strange, Lydia Bunn, Mary Elizabeth Kelly, Elizabeth Spencer: viola; Lorna Mock, Montserrat Colone, Jane Bevan: cello; Rupert Widdows: flute; Mark Hanslip: clarinet; Huw White: piano; Tommy Laurence: celeste; Eddie Hackett: glockenspiel.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: NYJO | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Ears Are Filled With Wonder" CD/LP/Track Review Ears Are Filled With Wonder
by John Sharpe
Published: August 20, 2016
Read "In Tokyo, Japan" CD/LP/Track Review In Tokyo, Japan
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "ScratchBop" CD/LP/Track Review ScratchBop
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Swivel" CD/LP/Track Review Swivel
by Mark Corroto
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "Rise Of Orion" CD/LP/Track Review Rise Of Orion
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!