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Valentine's Day
     

Valentine's Day

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by David Ian
 
The addition of two legendary vocalists are of particular interest in this new David Ian release. Ian's arrangements of both the instrumental and guest vocal-led tracks carry a sense of dignity, straying not far from the melody. Upright bass, drums, and a vibrant piano head the album with an energetic instrumental take of Autumn Leaves and a brief trading of 4's to

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The addition of two legendary vocalists are of particular interest in this new David Ian release. Ian's arrangements of both the instrumental and guest vocal-led tracks carry a sense of dignity, straying not far from the melody. Upright bass, drums, and a vibrant piano head the album with an energetic instrumental take of Autumn Leaves and a brief trading of 4's to introduce the players. Kevin Max, flagships his first appearance on a David Ian recording with the well-loved My Funny Valentine. His distinct vocal nuances shine with a transparent performance to this already emotional song while the band alternates between ballad and cut time feel. Acacia's familiar and chilling voice reaches deep inside a troubled soul in the song Solitude. The essence of the song is delivered unresolved. At the end of the collection, there is a moment of respect that stands alone. Gospel vocal legend, Russ Taff, and Ian's fragile piano expressions create a solemn moment in the bonus track Sweet By and By.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2014
Label:
Prescott Records
UPC:
0812864019599
catalogNumber:
3
Rank:
183191

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Ian   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano
Russ Taff   Vocals
Acacia   Vocals
Kevin Max   Vocals
Talitha Walters-Wulfing   Vocals
Josh Hunt   Percussion,Drums
Andre Miguel Mayo   Vocals
Jon Estes   Upright Bass
Matt Nelson   Cello
Elizabeth Estes   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Bill Deaton   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Frank Churchill   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Albert Hague   Composer
Larry Morey   Composer
David Ian   Arranger,Producer,Guitar Engineer
Sanford F. Bennett   Composer
Arnold Horwitt   Composer
Jeremy Morgan   Artwork
Brooke Eileen   Artwork

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Valentine's Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skinny tie? Check. Martini? Check. This record is the bees knees. I'll be playing this for my gal come Valentine's Day.
RGraves321 More than 1 year ago
Looking for the perfect soundtrack for a romantic evening at home? Jazz pianist David Ian's "Valentine's Day" may be just what you're looking for. Ian assembles a collection of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook and presents them with his affable piano stylings. A number of guest vocalists are on hand. Some, like Andre Miguel Mayo and Talitha Walters-Wulfing, are alumni from Ian's Christmas album. By using different singers, and using them sparingly, Ian keeps the album's sound interesting and consistent. As a soundtrack to an intimate evening, Valentine's Day is ideal -- with one caveat. There's a bonus track, "Sweet By and By" with gospel singer Russ Taff. Taff's voice is quite rough compared to the other singers, and the song itself an odd choice. Think about it -- the message of this gospel song is that we'll all be reunited after death. Talk about a mood killer. Skip the bonus track and save the evening.