Why Try to Change Me Now?

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Sadly, Why Try to Change Me Now? turned out to be the final studio project of Brian Trainor, who recorded this rewarding CD in 2004, 2005, and early 2006 and died of an aneurysm at the relatively young age of 55 on July 8, 2006 (two months before the album's release). And Why Try to Change Me Now? also contains some of the last recorded solos of tenor/soprano saxophonist Steve Marcus; Trainor still hadn't finished recording the disc when Marcus (who is heard on six selections) died in his sleep on September 25, 2005. A departure from Trainor's previous releases, Why Try to Change Me Now? was his first vocal-oriented effort. Trainor had employed singer Kelly Rodrigues on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Sadly, Why Try to Change Me Now? turned out to be the final studio project of Brian Trainor, who recorded this rewarding CD in 2004, 2005, and early 2006 and died of an aneurysm at the relatively young age of 55 on July 8, 2006 (two months before the album's release). And Why Try to Change Me Now? also contains some of the last recorded solos of tenor/soprano saxophonist Steve Marcus; Trainor still hadn't finished recording the disc when Marcus (who is heard on six selections) died in his sleep on September 25, 2005. A departure from Trainor's previous releases, Why Try to Change Me Now? was his first vocal-oriented effort. Trainor had employed singer Kelly Rodrigues on his Portraits album in 1994, but not extensively; Why Try to Change Me Now? marked the first time he featured vocalists on almost all of the tracks -- and those vocalists range from Jimmy Scott and Jon Lucien to some lesser-known singers Trainor felt were deserving of wider exposure (Rodrigues, Jacque Major, and the Carmen McRae-influenced Lois Smith). Scott, who turned 80 in 2005, is in very good form on expressive performances of "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (a duet with Rodrigues), and the title track. Lucien, meanwhile, reminds listeners how compatible jazz and gospel can be on the familiar "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," and Rodrigues' memorable appearances on the Randy Newman songs "When She Loved Me" and "One More Hour" point to the fact that pop
ock material can easily work in a jazz-oriented environment if an improviser is creative. It's true that some jazz instrumentalists hate jazz singers with a passion -- a regrettable attitude, but not an uncommon one -- but Trainor thankfully didn't feel that way. His healthy appreciation of singers serves him well on a thoughtful, nicely assembled CD that ended up being his swan song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402465920
  • Catalog Number: 465
  • Sales rank: 359,923

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Trainor Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
Jon Lucien Vocals
Little Jimmy Scott Vocals
Steve Marcus Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tyrone Brown Bass
Joel Bryant Organ
Denis DiBlasio Bass Flute
Vincent Fay Bass
Kelly Rodrigues Vocals
Billy Jones Drums
Jacque Major Vocals
Lois Smith Vocals
Technical Credits
Randy Newman Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ben Sidran Liner Notes
Glen Barrett Engineer
Brian Trainor Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Ted Koehler Composer
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