Straight Ahead

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Straight Ahead is Canadian born Kenny Colman's second album for Justin Time. This latest effort from the Vancouver resident concentrates on more upbeat and jazzy material than his first album, Dreamscape, which leaned toward easy listening. For this set, Colman has garnered several good jazz musicians for a primarily swinging affair. With a voice and style somewhere in between the raspy Tony Bennett's and the purer sounds of Andy Williams, he does justice to a set of 15 tunes, mostly standards, with a couple of offbeat tunes thrown in. There's no doubt that the instrumentalists chosen for Colman go a long way into making this album attractive. The singer is not in the same ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Straight Ahead is Canadian born Kenny Colman's second album for Justin Time. This latest effort from the Vancouver resident concentrates on more upbeat and jazzy material than his first album, Dreamscape, which leaned toward easy listening. For this set, Colman has garnered several good jazz musicians for a primarily swinging affair. With a voice and style somewhere in between the raspy Tony Bennett's and the purer sounds of Andy Williams, he does justice to a set of 15 tunes, mostly standards, with a couple of offbeat tunes thrown in. There's no doubt that the instrumentalists chosen for Colman go a long way into making this album attractive. The singer is not in the same class as Bennett, Frank Sinatra, or Mel Torme, who sound good irrespective of their backing. He needs good musicians and fresh arrangements, which he gets, particularly the sympathetic arrangements by Miles Black. The session gets a notable kick-off with a rousing version of "Come Rain or Come Shine," with Houston Person's energetic tenor pulling Colman along on a fine rendition of this chestnut. Person is on several other cuts, enhancing them considerably with his presence, like on "That's All" and "It's All Right with Me." Guitar player Oliver Gannon is also a major player on this album, providing clean stringed backing throughout the session. Colman excels on up-tempo material, especially on tunes that he can sink his teeth into, like "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." It's a mixed bag on ballads where he sometimes wavers and seems to lose his way. One exception is his duet with Montreal-based jazz diva Ranee Lee on "Dream Dancing." Also, he engages in some Leon Thomas-like jazz warbling on "I'll Remember April," which is a mistake. Colman has been on the vocal scene since the 1960s, having gigged from New York to Las Vegas. He dodged the ultimate bullet when he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in 1985. A second examination revealed that the first diagnosis was incorrect. On this album, he takes full advantage of his reprieve with an acceptable effort, the shortcomings on some ballads notwithstanding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944014729
  • Catalog Number: 147
  • Sales rank: 156,014

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Colman Primary Artist, Vocals
Ranee Lee Vocals
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Tom Keenlyside Saxophone
Brian Kirk Drums
Jack Duncan Percussion
Miles Black Piano
Brad Turner Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Oliver Gannon Guitar
Technical Credits
Michel Legrand Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Perry Barret Engineer
Miles Black Arranger, Producer, Musical Director
Jim West Producer
Kenny Colman Liner Notes
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Renée Marc-Aurèle Mastering
John Lekich Liner Notes
Clint Eastwood Composer
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