In a New York Minute

In a New York Minute

by Ian Shaw
     
 

Welsh jazz vocalist Ian Shaw makes an impressive American label debut here, with a freethinking repertoire, no drummer, and just the expert mainstream piano of co-headliner Cedar Walton, Iain Ballamy on saxophones and David Williams on bass behind him. While Shaw doesn't have a particularly striking or…  See more details below

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Welsh jazz vocalist Ian Shaw makes an impressive American label debut here, with a freethinking repertoire, no drummer, and just the expert mainstream piano of co-headliner Cedar Walton, Iain Ballamy on saxophones and David Williams on bass behind him. While Shaw doesn't have a particularly striking or memorable timbre, he more than makes up for that in flexibility, range, and a wide spectrum of vocal influences from the bebop era and R&B through the unclassifiable Al Jarreau. In a disarmingly natural way, he can punch in falsetto tones that would sound freakish in less tasteful hands. He has interpretive imagination, stretching "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" into an entirely fresh new shape, concocting an uptempo, winningly jagged take on Joni Mitchell's "Furry Sings the Blues," reviving Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands" with convincing soul. The last five numbers on the disc amount to a Sinatra suite, treated variously with Brazilian, straight-ahead, R&B strains, the emotional angst released at the close with a lightweight treatment of the uplifting "That's Life." Throughout, no matter the idiom, Shaw and Walton make a thoroughly simpatico team.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218929721
catalogNumber:
9297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ian Shaw   Primary Artist,Vocals
Iain Ballamy   Saxophone
Cedar Walton   Piano

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
Cedar Walton   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Todd Barkan   Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Todd A. Gerard   Mastering
Troy Halderson   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Ian Shaw   Arranger
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Simon Wallace   Arranger
Geoff Gascoyne   Arranger
James Pearson   Arranger

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