- It Had to Be You
- Until the Real thing Comes Along
- Ain’t Misbehaving
- That Old Feeling
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- It All Depends On You
- As Time Goes By
- I wonder
- What a Little Moonlight Can Do
- Why I Was Born
- Let’s Fall in Love
- Our Love is here to Stay
- Someone to Watch Over Me
- Everytime We say Goodbye
- Remembering "Sweets"
Steve Tyrell – Vocal
The album features Steve in various settings from Big Band, through
Strings to Rhythm Section.
Arrangements are all by guitarist Bob Mann.
Clark Terry – Trumpet & Flugel
Plas Johnson – Tenor Sax
Bob Mann – Guitar
Harry "Sweets" Edison – Trumpet (Track 16)
Toots Thielmans - Harmonica (Track 6)
All the above contribute significant solos.
I must confess that this is the first time I have heard
Steve Tyrell. He started out as a singer with r&b bands in his teens
and now in his early thirties, he has become a vocalist of real quality.
In between he was an AR man and he produced several hits for Dionne
Warwick. In the early 90’s he worked as a Musical Director and Arranger
for films and television. This glimpse into his background probably
explains the quality of this CD, it is about as near as the human being
can ever get to the perfect album. Bob Mann’s arrangements are of very
high quality and the musicianship and recording is all of the very best.
What does Steve sound like, to me he has absorbed qualities
from many singers, there are traces of Nat Cole, Sinatra, Sammy Davies,
Tony Bennett, Mark Murphy and many others, but put together in a way
that is uniquely Steve Tyrell.
Steve’s choice of Clark Terry for the trumpet solos
is inspired. Clark whom came to fame with the Ellington Band, has always
been one of the most original of jazz trumpet players and is as usual
outstanding. Another terrific soloist is Plas Johnson one of my favourite
tenor players. It was he who played with Mancini on The Pink Panther
and The Odd Couple, he has a great saxophone sound and excellent improvisational
skills. Steve is partnered by Jane Monheit on Baby, It’s Cold Outside
and I enjoyed their version more than the original. Toots Thielmans
plays on Stardust and brings another richness to this musical pastiche.
Two rhythm sections are used one from New York and one from LA, there
is nothing to choose between them, both are first class.
This collection of songs from the great American Song
Book demonstrates why these songs are going to be around for ever. The
amazing thing is that in a collection like this you hear a song that
you have missed in 50 years of listening, in this case ‘I Wonder’, another
Track 16 is a tribute to the Late Harry " Sweets"
Edison, who appeared on Steve’s previous album, the tune is I Can’t
Give You Anything but Love, apparently it was the last recording the
great man made. A nice thing to do.
This album has to be one of the best vocal albums I
have heard in a while and Steve, his team and Columbia records can be
very proud of it. I hope it does well for them. It was a treat to listen
to top professionals at work playing the greatest of songs.