Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Steve Lipman Ridin' The Beat Locomotion Records 2012

When it comes to multi-tasking, no one beats a musician. Gene Autry took a radio and television career as a spring board to becoming perhaps the second most influential figure in country music next to Jimmy Rodgers. Michael Pedicin at 64 years young has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology while maintaining his status as a premier straight ahead solo artist and ace session player.

So why not a singing dentist?

 Vocalist Steve Lipman has a distinct passion much like those previously mentioned. Lipman's passion is The Great American Songbook. The subtly of timeless classics where the music transcends the emotional boundaries of daily life and takes the listener on a journey. Lipman describes his connection to this genre as one of human connectivity with another individual. Much in the same fashion as helping a patient in distress there is a similar sense of satisfaction or musical "high" that comes from the creativity of song.

Steve Lipman is an old school throwback and while he owns a successful dental practise, music is his dream and his passion. With classics such as "Teach Me Tonight" and "That Old Black Magic" Lipman finds a musical happy place some where between crooner and cabaret singer while letting the songs take care of themselves. Fueled by passion, Lipman is surrounded with some gifted musicians that blend well for a unique interpretation of standards that avoids the mundane or predictable. Lipman hand picked these tunes and while some are iconic there are others that are wonderful forgotten memories from composers ranging from Harold Arlen to Johnny Mercer.  

Lipman's gift is his passionate interpretation and immediate connectivity with the audience or listener to allow them the chance to experience the same emotional highs and lows we all feel and are saved forever in these classics.

Old school vocal jazz fans tired of the more commercial fare that is circling the sonic drain that is currently part of the industry should flock to this release. Pure entertainment. Style and substance is a rare mix but Lipman pulls it off with relative ease.

Tracks: Oh Look At Me Now; The Song Is You ; It's Alright With Me; Summer Wind; Moonlight In Vermont; Old Devil Moon; Teach Me Tonight; That Old Black Magic; Come Rain Or Come Shine; The Gal That Got Away; I Wish I Were In Love Again; Birth Of The Blues.

Personnel: Steve Lipman: vocals; Dan Prindle: bass; Bryan Kelly: drums; Stephan Page: piano; Josh Evans: trumpet; Doug Lang: saxophone, clarinet, flute; Rene Gonzalez: percussion; Rod Warner: percussion.