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Rock, Elijah / Gershwin For My Soul
Album:Gershwin For My Soul Collection:Out for Review
Artist:Rock, Elijah Added:05/2017
Label:Self-Release 

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Album Review
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Reviewed 2017-05-04 
JAZZ: MALE VOCAL

Elijah Rock’s baritone crooning may seem more appropriate for a theater stage than for a jazz club, and indeed he has appeared in several musicals. This CD is his crowd-funded, self-released debut. All songs are by George & Ira, or by Ira with other composers, except #8. Accompaniment is piano, guitar, bass & drums. Notes inside liner give more info.

No FCC issues.

1 * Mid-tempo. Smooth, romantic R&B. Nice piano bridge. Good start to album. (3:54)
2 Fast. Hip and syncopated. Higher (tenor) register. Electric guitar & piano bridge. (2:30)
3 Fast. Old-fashioned show tune, sounds like it. Electric guitar bridge. (3:57)
4 Very slow. Bluesy ballad. Extended piano bridge. Kinda sleepy. (4:47)
5 Mid-slow. Gentle, swaying, danceable. Piano bridge. (4:34)
6 ** Mid-fast. Upbeat, swingin’, happy. Bass solo; then piano solo. (4:40)
7 Slow with elegant guitar ‘comp. Quite pretty, but not much to it. (4:22)
8 ** Mid-tempo, swingin’. Title track, the only original, pays tribute to the Gershwins and name checks several titles on this album. Good singing; some scat flourishes. (5:45)
9 ** Mid-fast. Danny Kaye did this lighting fast “patter song.” Rock gives it an interesting hip-hop interpretation. Bass & drums. Good stuff. (0:59)
10 Long piano fantasy for 1:45, then a very slow ballad. Another piano solo midway. (5:46)
11 Opening piano cadenza, then mid-fast, peppy tune. Features Rock’s tap dancing. (4:02)
12 * Very slow intro, then mid-slow. Warm & romantic. Best of the slow love songs. (5:09)

Track Listing
1.S'wonderful 7.Shall We Dance?
2.Fascinating Rhythm 8.Gershwin For My Soul
3.I Can't Get Started 9.Tchaikovsky (And Other Russians)
4.How Long Has This Been Going On? 10.Love Walked In
5.Long Ago And Far Away 11.I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
6.Our Love Is Here To Stay 12.Isn't It A Pity?