Sunday, March 31, 2013

Richard Lanham Thou Swell. Big RL Productions 2013

Richard Lanham | Thou Swell

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 Street Date 05/07/12
15 years in the making? Well...To find it anyway. The album in question contained a dozen heartfelt renditions of some of Lanham's favorite tunes. Happily after being lost in the shuffle the masterpiece of this long time veteran reemerged for the music business sounding as fresh and alive as they day the original tracks were laid down. This recording is special in more ways than one as this is the first album of jazz and popular standards by this well traveled leader.

Lanham's resume would be the stuff legends are made of. Singing with Miles Davis, becoming a member of the Ink Spots and also singing with Drifters for two years. With age comes wisdom with travel comes seasoning, the type of seasoning reflected in the inflection, tone and phrasing of an individual held in high regard by many, Plenty of knock out tracks on this release including the rousing "Thou Swell" and Lanham takes on the role of crooner with Star Dust. Two other tunes Lanham slays include "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." and the classic "Hallelujah, I Love Her So." Lanham, career not to mention song selection here run the table on the African American contribution to both melody and rhythm in the music we call jazz today. Form and function rule the day.

A one word review would be, entertaining. You may just find yourself hitting repeat more than once.

Tracks: Thu Swell; Breaking Up Is Hard To Do; Hallelujah; Stardust; Calypso; I'm Beginning To See The Light; Amour; All Of You; Walking My Baby Back Home; Unforgetable; Isn't A Pity; I Wish You Love.