Hi-Fly

Hi-Fly

by Sachal Vasandani
     
 

Many critics have lamented the relatively rare appearance of memorable male jazz vocalists over a stretch of several decades. Sachal Vasandani is a promising singer gifted with a wide range and an expressive, strong tone that brings out the essence of each lyric. His third CD finds him backed by pianist Jeb Patton (whose work with theSee more details below

Overview

Many critics have lamented the relatively rare appearance of memorable male jazz vocalists over a stretch of several decades. Sachal Vasandani is a promising singer gifted with a wide range and an expressive, strong tone that brings out the essence of each lyric. His third CD finds him backed by pianist Jeb Patton (whose work with the Heath Brothers has garnered considerable praise), bassist David Wong, and drummer Kendrick Scott. The imaginative arrangement of the standard "The Very Thought of You" is a group effort with a strong assist from Erik Privert, utilizing a breezy Latin rhythm and featuring a potent backing line by guest John Ellis on tenor sax. Two duets feature the legendary vocalist Jon Hendricks: a hilarious rendition of "One Mint Julip," which also has some fun-filled scat singing by both men, and Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly," which adds a newly written lyric by Vasandani. The leader's rich voice is best on display with his thoughtful interpretation of "Here Comes the Honey Man" (a duet with Patton), which segues directly into "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York" (both pieces are from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), the latter in which Vasandani's vocal sounds as if it has long been part of his repertoire. The singer also penned several originals, including the hip "Babe's Blues" (featuring the rising young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire) and the haunting, deliberate ballad "Flood." There's an obvious hint of Frank Sinatra in his moving performance of "All the Way," a duet with Patton that closes the album with a flourish.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203106024
catalogNumber:
1060
Rank:
338302

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sachal Vasandani   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Jeb Patton   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Kendrick Scott   Drums
Ambrose Akinmusire   Trumpet
David Wong   Bass
John Ellis   Tenor (Vocal)
Sachal   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Randy Weston   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
John Clayton   Arranger,Producer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Pryor   Producer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer,Creative Services Coordinator
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Myles Weinstein   Booking
Fritz Rotter   Composer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Amy Winehouse   Composer
Sachal Vasandani   Arranger,Composer
Inbal Neer   grooming
John Peace   Photo Assistance
M. Rotha   Composer
Erik Privert   Arranger,Composer
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer

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