The idea of recording an album located firmly in the Great Classic American 20th century Jazz tradition had long been an ambition.
Sinatra, who always interestingly claimed never to have been a jazz singer but located his musical antecedents in the saloon bar, had been in my life forever. My Father, a seafarer and an accomplished singer and entertainer, had brought him home from New York in 1942 where he took up permanent residence and provided the theme tune to our childhood.
Not just Frank Sinatra of course….Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday…..all of them.
The album title?
This was the second attempt at recording this material. The first ending unsatisfactorily. Then half way through our studio sessions Gary Davies’s daughter Rosa was born.
13 Track CD Features:
“Moonlight In Vermont” portraying a life so romantic and rich as to be unimaginable from the perspective of a Liverpool council house in the 60’s. But with Sinatra’s help we could sing our way to it. So we did. Gary Davies on piano.
“Summer Samba” On a beach in Brazil with John Griffiths on Nylon String Guitar, Rob Phillips Drums and Congas.
“Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” – Chris Gumbley’s Sax solo undermining and giving the lie to a lyric outrageously asserting innocence.
“In the Wee Small Hours” – A Sinatra classic from his great Capitol Records period. Paul Matthews introduces himself to the band one crowded Saturday afternoon and along with Jeff Henson on Stand Up Bass delivers this the first and only take.
Plus many more classics like “Teach Me Tonight” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
Moonlight in Vermont
I Thought About You
Do Nothing Till Hear from Me
I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is
I Can’t Get Started
In the Wee Small Hours
But Not for Me
Teach Me Tonight
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
For Sentimental Reasons
A Bridge To The Soul and Take Two For Rosa were recorded and produced at Prism Studios Stoke on Trent. (www.prismstudios.co.uk/)
Artwork and design concept was provided by my friend Dale Devereux Barker (www.daledevereuxbarker.co.uk/)