Label: MCA Records - VIM-5594 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Japan • Genre: Jazz • Style: Post Bop, Big Band, Cool Jazz
J ackie Parisbegan working on 52nd St. Although he never managed to build up the kind of in-group following other singers did, Paris always retained that elusive quality that puts him just beyond the fence that is straddled by so many, into territory that is unmistakably that of jazz. The two albums included here, from and respectively, are a rewarding example of his vocal range, and proof of his flawless phrasing and articulation.
Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin is a fine set of readings of a fine set of songs, arranged by pianist Irving Joseph, all sung from the inside, from the heart of what the song really is. An excellent example of how these songs should be sung: with care and knowing, and more than just a hint of jazz. The first six tracks of The Song of Paris include some splendid writing by Bobby Scott for three different groups, one featuring woodwinds, another strings, and a third one with brass and saxes.
On the remaining five tracks, Paris, in addition to singing, is heard on guitar for what was probably the first time since late the 40s.
All in all, two excellent albums by one of the finest of jazz singers and one of the most consistently overlooked Jackie Paris. He was a mix of California Cool like Baker, but old school hip like Bennett, but all his own, and his own was wonderful. He only released a handful of albums; they are all wonderful. These two from the early 60s are high water marks, Dukes Place - Jackie Paris - The Song Is Paris Paris teamed with some real boppers.
Paris had a stroke of genius for the session which had him singing Ira Gershwins lyrics to songs other Dukes Place - Jackie Paris - The Song Is Paris his brothers. He possessed a vulnerable flutter in his voice that teetered between vibrato and hear-throb, milking it for all he can on This is New.
I guarantee that if youre a vocals fan, and you buy these sessions, youre going to ask Where has this guy been?!? Youll also end up searching for everything hes done. Maybe not now, maybe not tomorrow, but some day. Heres looking at you, kid. Jackie Paris was a talented singer with a flexible style he died in when he was I did my best for him having him on two BBC radio programmes with his former wife, the fascinating jazz singer Anne Marie Moss.
He was consistent throughout his career but with The Song Is Paris album which begins at Duke's Place being probably his finest. The album of Gershwin's lyrics has a dozen good and unhackneyed songs, and it's very pleasant but inhibited by some unimaginative arrangements by pianist Joseph. The second album is a different matter. Again the material is fresh, Bobby Scott's arrangements are superior and this time Jackie swings happily with the band.
The album culminates with a small-group set in which he revels in the backing of Hank Jones and company Dukes Place - Jackie Paris - The Song Is Paris also shows his Various - In Concert as a guitarist. I know that he thought this was his finest hour, and I think that he was probably right. Steve Voce, Jazz Journal February Because he was Astro - The White Stripes - Black Stars a showy or self-indulgent vocalist, Paris never received the acclaim he deserved, and the subtlety of a record like The Song Is Paris further underlines just how deceptive his music can be -the album shifts so effortlessly between moods and tempos that its broad range threatens to pass by virtually unnoticed.
Paris' nuanced, succinct approach to the material likewise eschews technical acrobatics in favor of sincerity and poignancy -slowly but surely, the songs work their way deep under your skin. Add to cart. Add to wishlist. No customer reviews yet. Login to leave your impressions!
Girl of the Moment Gershwin-Weill This Is New Gershwin-Weill Sure Thing Gershwin-Kern For the Life of Me Gershwin-Schwartz The Moment of Moments Gershwin-Duke My Ship Gershwin-Weill Fun to Be Fooled Gershwin-Harburg Mark Collie - Mark Collie One Life to Live Gershwin-Weill Jenny Scott Everybody Needs Love Passman-Medley Cherry Gilbert-Redman Thad's Blues Thad Jones Tonight Bernstein-Sondheim On 21 Paris plays guitar but doesnt sing.
Press reviews "On the documentary Slušatelji koji su imali prilike čuti nove materijale. - Indigo (40) - Briljantno Autumn, jazz journalist Will Friedwald states that the way to separate real jazz fans from the rest of the crowd is if they have any Jackie Paris albums.
Steve Voce, Jazz Journal February -Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin "Jackie Paris' smart, hip vocals prove a perfect match for Ira Gershwin's smart, hip lyrics on this wonderful session, which boasts an appealing warmth and intimacy underneath its cool exterior. Add to wishlist Added to your wishlist. You can manage your wishlist here.
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