Ian Shaw is widely recognised as the UK's best Jazz Vocalist. Who says? Usually other vocalists. He is fast becoming the producer of choice for other vocalists with production credits on recent releases by Jamie Cullum, Claire Martin and Gyn and Will. This is Ian's third record recorded in the US by Todd Selbert and is as good if not better than the earlier 'In a New York Minute' recorded with Cedar Walton. What can you expect on an Ian Shaw disk? Well if you are expecting another visit to the 'Great American Songbook' you'll be disapponted althougth there are moving interpretations of 'This is always' and 'I'm glad there is you'. There is also songs from Gilbert o'Sullivan ( transformed from the sentimental to the sublime), David Bowie, Elton John/Bernie Taupin and RadioHead. All reintrepreted and improved in the other Jazz Tradition of improving the original arrangements/ melody. The supporting band is probably the best that has appeared on an Ian Shaw recording. All in all an essentail purchase. Now for the bad news. At the time of writing, it is my understanding that this recording has not got distribution or a label to relase it in the UK. The UK record industry should be ashamed of itself. Instead of trying to manufacture another 'pop idol/ three minute hero' can the industry please get back to nurturing and producing music.
For many of you are familiar with this man and his kalaedoscope of past works, this album is a real treat. This reminds me of one of his earlier albums, Famous Rainy Day, Although this is dark and sometimes frightening(the tourist) it has some of the best Band performances he's had on record. To single out favorite tracks would be hard to do, especially with the guest appearance of long time pal Mark Murphy. i thoroughly recommend this, and suggest you try some of his other efforts on JazzHouse label and EFZ, but i think they may be deleted.
This is a wonderful album ï¿½ and I've been waiting until he finally recorded GUILTY ï¿½ if ever a song made you get out of your seat involuntarily it's when Ian Shaw sings this track. For me he is definitely the top jazz vocalist.