On the latest “What’s New” round-up of new and recent releases, we’ll hear from:
Ron Gill and John Stein
Veteran singer and longtime Boston jazz radio personality Ron Gill has the compelling performer’s trifecta: talent, taste, and a great passion for the history of jazz and popular song. His 1997 release Songs of Billy Strayhorn led Strayhorn biographer David Hadju to call him “a singer who’s keen, seasoned and talented enough to do justice to material that poses comparably enormous challenges and rewards.” On Turn Up the Quiet he teams up with guitarist John Stein for a subtly vital and well-chosen set of standards including “Weaver of Dreams” and “In a Sentimental Mood.”
Jazz critic Mark Stryker recently called Champian Fulton “the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation. In fact, the authoritative swing, mature phrasing, pinpoint diction and sassy color she brings to the standard songbook trumps many senior colleagues with bigger reputations.” He also cites “the strutting ebullience and bright timbral ping of Dinah Washington” in her approach. On Fulton’s latest CD, The Breeze and I, those strengths are all on full display.
Trumpeter Pharez Whitted, husband-and-wife piano team Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, and saxophonist Phil Woods are the other artists featured on this “What’s New” edition of Afterglow.