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.
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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)