Sings with Strings

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a long tradition of jazz trumpeters putting aside their horns and singing into the microphone, dating back to Louis Armstrong and including Chet Baker, and Rick Braun belatedly joins this confraternity on Sings with Strings. Braun has occasionally added background vocals in his sideman work behind the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade, but this is the first time he has sung upfront. He has enlisted Philippe Saisse to come up with the string charts for this collection of standards and, wisely, brought along his flügelhorn (but not his trumpet) to add to the tracks. Braun certainly doesn't embarrass himself as a singer. He has a light, breathy tenor that marks him ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a long tradition of jazz trumpeters putting aside their horns and singing into the microphone, dating back to Louis Armstrong and including Chet Baker, and Rick Braun belatedly joins this confraternity on Sings with Strings. Braun has occasionally added background vocals in his sideman work behind the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade, but this is the first time he has sung upfront. He has enlisted Philippe Saisse to come up with the string charts for this collection of standards and, wisely, brought along his flügelhorn (but not his trumpet) to add to the tracks. Braun certainly doesn't embarrass himself as a singer. He has a light, breathy tenor that marks him as a sort of little brother to Mel Tormé, and he is sufficiently assured to try a few note substitutions and time variations in his warm readings of familiar songs like "Time After Time," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," and "The Things We Did Last Summer." He is still much more accomplished as an instrumentalist, of course, and the real jazz comes in with his expressive playing, which generally follows the vocals. Saisse comes in here and there, notably adding a lengthy vibes solo to "It's Love." Having established his vocal bona fides, Braun even risks singing in French on "Plus Je T'Embrasse," while sharing the microphone with Jasmine Roy. The album is not the revelation that Chet Baker Sings was, and it does not suggest that Braun should hock his horns. But it is a more than respectable side project.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Artistry Music
  • UPC: 181475702528
  • Catalog Number: 7025
  • Sales rank: 101,325

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Braun Primary Artist, Flugelhorn, Vocals
David Finck Acoustic Bass
Dean Parks Guitar
Philippe Saisse Percussion, Piano
Adam Klemens Conductor
Jasmine Roy Vocals
Joe Labarbera Drums
Johan Renard Violin, Soloist
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Sacha Distel Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Patrick Juvet Producer, Engineer
Don Heckman Liner Notes
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jack Reardon Composer
Philippe Saisse Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Doug Sax Mastering
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Eddie Barclay Composer
Steve Genewick Engineer, Pro-Tools
Denny Stilwell Executive Producer
Eddy Marnay Composer
Steve Salani Engineer
Jasmine Roy Vocal Producer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Ben Ryan Composer
Vit Kral Engineer
John Potoker Engineer
Francois Boutault Vocal Engineer
Max François Composer
Timothy Zach Art Direction
Gretchen Valade Executive Producer
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