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STEVE TYRELL

This guy’s in Love

Columbia 513655 2

  • Isn’t It Romantic
  • Just in Time
  • You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
  • This Guy’s in Love with You
  • Manhattan
  • The Nearness of You
  • I’ve Got a Crush on You
  • Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me
  • Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You)
  • I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself
  • Georgia on my Mind
  • They Can’t Take that Away from Me
  • That’s All
  • Love Like Ours
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    A large orchestra with strings plays the backings; additionally there are guest soloists on most tracks. If I had to sum it up in a word, the word would be quality. The arrangements are first class, the musicians of the best and Steve’s own vocals make him a worthy successor to Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nat Cole and the other great American song stylists. The guest soloists include Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Plas Johnson and violinist Antoine Silverman and you can’t get much better than that! The arrangements are by Burt Bacharach, Bob Mann and Dave Grusin and so in that department the quality continues, these guys are the best in the business.

    I have heard Steve Tyrell’s work previously and I have always enjoyed it. He knows how to deliver a song and without being a jazz singer, in the sense that he doesn’t improvise, there is a lot of jazz feel in his delivery and phrasing and he sounds very comfortable working with the various soloists. It is interesting that the totally different styles of Michael Brecker and Plas Johnson both seem to fit so well. Alan Pasqua’s piano playing is polished and a thing of great beauty throughout the whole album.

    The song selection is also good, all the tracks bar one are already familiar, but the excellence of this production puts them in a new context. If you like high quality vocal albums and you have the works of the previous ‘greats’ in your collection, get this one you won’t be disappointed. Steve Tyrell and everyone involved is of the very best you are ever likely to hear.

     

    Don Mather

     

     

     

     

     



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