If you can sit through Paul Marinaro's Without A Song and not be thoroughly entertained or at the very least smile then be patient because your autopsy results should be back shortly.
"Crooner" - An outmoded and dated label used to pigeon hole a vocalist of immense talent with that special panache of showmanship missing from the average singer put before the unsuspecting public today...
Paul Marinaro is old school, his work ethic is old school and his vocal artistry hearkens back to a time when a simple melody and a nice suit were the accoutrement's of the day. Without A Song is a touching tribute to his father's desire to become a singer while instead opting for the more noble if not courageous choice of providing a better life for his family. Let's face facts, you won't get filthy rich in the attempt to become a pure jazz singer but then again some dreams are priceless. This carefully thought out and deliciously entertaining romp through some of the classics of our time sparkles with real emotion, swinging arrangements and a celebration of what a jazz singer used to be. Paul Marinaro stumbled upon a box of acetate pressings and heard his father singing the current Sinatra hit of the day from 1947. Over sixty years later these same lacquered discs would inspire Paul and eventually serve as the foundation of the duet "You Will Be My Music" included here. Standards we all know and love are included here but this is far more than Marinaro doing a riff on what was but instead we find new arrangements adding depth of flavor so that Paul can take ownership of these timeless classics if but for a brief moment as the Great American Songbook belongs to each of us. "I Get A Kick Out Of You" and "I've Got The World On A String" are magical reharms that don't mangle the melody beyond the point of no return.
Paul Marinaro has been working the Chicago jazz scene for over a decade with impeccable phrasing, solid timing and that intangible of connectivity to a song that brings forth an instant believability on this recording. The elder Marinaro, Joseph brings forth a raw organic charm that reinforces the power of a melody and the special bond between father and son when all the stars are in perfect alignment.
Tracks: Intro 1947; That Old Black Magic; Fools Rush In; Devil May Care; All My Tomorrows; When I Look In Your Eyes; I Have Dreamed; I Get A Kick Out Of You; Everything Must Change; You Will Be My Music; I've Got The World On A String; Because Of You; For All We Know; May The Music Never End; Outro 1947; Without A Song.
Personnel: Paul Marinaro: vocals (all except 1,15); Joseph Marinaro: vocals (1,10,15); Chris Sargent: piano (2,4,7,16); Chris White: piano (8,12,13,14); Judy Roberts: piano (9); Tom Vaitsas: piano / string pad (10,15); Andy Brown: guitar (3,5,6,11); Joe Policastro: bass (1,6,9,15); Jon Deitemeyer: drums (1,6,9,15); Greg Fishman: tenor sax (8,12,13); Marielle De Rocca-Serra: violin (14).