Saturday, August 10, 2013

David Silverman Softly Paddle Wheel 1995

You can live or die by the Great American Songbook, this is David Silverman's wheelhouse!
Brent Black / @CriticalJazz

Writing about music and not necessarily jazz is far more than sitting idly by while waiting for that next new release. Most critics would not venture back to 1995 to examine a recording primarily because few artists are deserving of such attention, David Silverman is deserving of such attention!
Much like a basketball team that lives or dies by the three point shot, The Great American Songbook can make or break an artist. David Silverman's Softly is a prime example of the most important intangible any vocalist can bring to a project, connectivity.

David Silverman has not been hiding out in the jazz witness protection program but instead he has made a successful career in Japan which is a haven for numerous artists. The cultural landscape for the American improvisational scene we know as jazz in Japan is huge running the sonic spectrum from wildly imaginative free jazz to the elegant sophistication that Silverman brings to the table. Tackling the works of George and Ira Gershwin, Bobby Troup, and Cole Porter are a refugee for some vocalist better suited to working cruise ships and diner theatres. Silverman brings a special flair and panache to such classics as "I've Got The World On A String" and "Young At Heart" that are as smooth as silk yet technically as proficient as one could imagine when looking at phrasing, arrangements and the ability to tell a story through song. A singer is just that, a vocal artist builds a bridge and brings the listener across to a new experience even with tunes that are time tested standards.

"Unforgettable" and "Route 66" are two more in a sixteen track release that is incredibly well thought out and knocked out with precision and an old school charm that the more pop influenced jazz vocalist today would struggle to match. Softly contains old school jazz vocals, deconstructed and unplugged but with a deceptively subtle swing that is as infectious as it is engaging. After conquering Japan, Silverman has recently returned to Los Angeles and is set to conquer the American audience as well.
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Tracks: I've Got A Crush On You; I've Got The World On A String; All Of You; I've Never Been In Love Before; So You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans; Ooh, I'd Love To See Your Face; Unforgettable; Sweet Loraine; For Sentimental Reasons; Route 66; Too Young; What Can I Say After I'm Sorry; Why Shouldn't I; Young At Heart; Let's Call The Whole Thing Off; A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening.

Personnel: David Silverman: Vocal & Piano; Robert Daugherty: Bass