A throw back vocalist that never went away and is returning to the at times most unforgiving cultural waste land that is Los Angeles.
Brent Black / @CriticalJazz
To be clear, in the spirit of Randy Newman I do indeed love L.A.! What is frustrating as a critic is that with the changing sonic landscape, social media and a culture that is more fragmented today from a musical standpoint, the fundamentals of great American music are being politely cast aside in favor of what can be best termed as the flavor of the month.
Remember melody? Syle, elegance and a warm lyrical sophistication never go away quietly. Connectivity is as much a key component to the success of any artist as their actual talent. David Silverman has little trouble with this as evidenced on the 1995 recording Swingin' Sweet. Having reviewed another Silverman release from the mid 1990's aptly title Softly:
The importance of connectivity from a vocalist was discussed. The issue of credibility is just as important and quickly put to rest with an appearance from jazz legend Harry "Sweets" Edison on the Benny Carter classic "When Lights Are Low" while the great Johnny Mandel lends a production hand on one of his tunes "I Won't Believe My Eyes." The music business embraces the archaic if not short sighted notion of "what have you done for me lately" and "yesterdays news" almost to a fault.
There is no such thing as yesterdays news, a good story much like good talent and material stand the test of time. The Great American Songbook is a fresh and vibrant today as it was sixty years ago with the only difference being the talent level singing these American classics has dwindled to but a handful of serious vocal talent. David Silverman is but one.
Most critics avoid back catalog like the plague and lack the understanding that part of being a good music journalist is finding the stories of artists that are still more than commercially viable "product" but are in face the musical connection between generations that play such a vital role in not only saving but promoting a piece of American musical history that may otherwise die a slow corporate inflicted death.
I will be taking a look at another release from Silverman in the near future. Currently back after eighteen years of making a successful career in Japan, Silverman is shopping labels. For my money it is not if but when a signing takes place and I am betting sooner than later.
Tracks: When Lights Are Low; I Just Found Out About Love; I Won't Believe My Eyes; I Can't Take You Nowhere; Frim Fram Sauce; I Fall In Love Too Easily; I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So; Only Trust Your Heart; Don't Let It Go To Your Head; You Made Me Love You; Sunday In New York; London By Night; The Shadow Of Your Smile; A Song For Christmas; Tough The Earth; The Old Devil Called Love; Rock Me To Sleep.
Personnel: David Silverman: Piano and Vocal; Harry "Sweets" Edison: Trumpet; Gordon Brisker: Tenor Sax / Flute; Andy Simpkins: Bass; Robert Daugherty: Bass; Jim Paxson: Drums.