Occasionally you may find a debut release from an artist that may fall a bit flat as they attempt to establish a sonic foothold and develop their own voice. Covering an iconic catalog such as Cole Porter who may arguably be the finest composer to every pick up a pen, Porter was a rare commodity that wrote both music and lyrics that in the right hands still sound incredibly fresh today.
Perry Beekman is not simply playing it safe. So In Love is full of timeless classics and they work so magnificently well thanks to the incredible musicality of the arrangements in that rare ensemble of the drummer less trio that the great Nat King Cole seemed to enjoy so much success with. Beekman's voice much like his comp and precise solo work simply seal the deal here. The voice is rich and warm and close to effortless in phrasing and presentation much like his Grant Green influenced work on guitar.
Surprises here? None. Don't need any..."I Get A Kick Out Of You" along with "Night And Day" and "So In Love" are presented with an infectious swing and panache that makes hitting the repeat button a joy.
Making old school new cool is a walk in the park for Beekman who is indeed real deal talent that should have heads turning in his direction very soon!
4 Stars and rising!
Tracks: Let's Misbehave; I Get A Kick Out Of You; Always True To You In My Fashion; I Happen To Like New York; Anything Goes; In The Still Of The Night; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; Miss Otis Regrets; Night And Day; Let's Do It; Just One Of Those Things; It's De-Lovely; So In Love; I Love Paris; You're The Top.
Personnel: Perry Beekman: vocals and guitar; Peter Tomlinson: piano; Lou Pappas: bass
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Special Thanks To Jim at Jazz Promo Services