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IAN, David: Valentine's Day

Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Contemporary Jazz
Category Contemporary Jazz
Catalogue PR-0003
Label Prescott Records
Quality   320kbps


Jazz stylings for that special day
Review By rgraves321,February 2014

Looking for the perfect soundtrack for a romantic evening at home? Jazz pianist David Ian's "Valentine's Day" may be just what you're looking for. Ian assembles a collection of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook and presents them with his affable piano stylings.

A number of guest vocalists are on hand. Some, like Andre Miguel Mayo and Talitha Walters-Wulfing, are alumni from Ian's Christmas album.

By using different singers, and using them sparingly, Ian keeps the album's sound interesting and consistent. As a soundtrack to an intimate evening, Valentine's Day is ideal -- with one caveat.

There's a bonus track, "Sweet By and By" with gospel singer Russ Taff. Taff's voice is quite rough compared to the other singers, and the song more....

Review By Brent Black, @CriticalJazz,January 2014

Vocalists Kevin Max, Acacia, Andre Miguel Mayo, and Talitha Walters Wulfing contribute first rate vocal performances…The key to success here is the Vince Guaraldi throwback sound of what a retro jazz piano trio should actually sound like. It is David Ian’s masterful manipulation of harmonic self discovery that pulls colors you can hear from melodies savored and not mangled. The rhythm section operates from the same lyrical playbook as Ian and the use of strings adds texture to what is a truly memorable offering in Valentine’s Day.



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