Bill Cote is the embodiment of lyrical passion...
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
I'll be honest...one more male vocalist banging out a set of tunes from Michel Legrand, Richard Rogers, and Johnny Mandel then my next stop would be the length of rope and rickety stool aisle at Home Depot. Bill Cote's Where Do You Start is a warm, mellifluous excursion into the jazz standards world without tripping those melodic landmines of predictability or pretentiousness.
Bill Cote has all the technical skills including phrasing, tone, and timing. What makes Where Do You Start special are the intangibles. The majority of the tunes including "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" and "On A Clear Day" are familiar, the arrangements from pianist Tamir Hendelman reinvent these classics and play to the intimate and highly organic strengths of Bill Cote. Emotive, swinging and straight from the heart, Bill Cote embraces a melody. "Satin Doll" is a prime example of the synergy found on this magnificent release. The presentation of these tunes moves to an intimate almost personal level some of his contemporaries still struggle to reach. Singers are a dime a dozen. Vocal artists are worth a million bucks. Toss in a band and guests consisting of Tamir Hendelman, Martin Wind, Joe LaBarbera, Bob Sheppard, and Graham Dechter then you get a release that reviews itself.
These are tunes from the Great American Songbook that have not been beaten to death but instead Bill Cote rediscovers these classics and allows them that rare chance at a second lyrical chance of life that few artists can pull off with such style.
Tracks: Where or When; When Do The Bells Ring For Me?; Teach Me Tonight; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; L.A. State of Mind; Who Can I Turn To; Satin Doll; Where Do You Start; Sunday In New York; My Funny Valentine; When Sunny Gets Blue; Never Let Me Go; On A Clear Day; Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; I Just Found Out About Love; Indian Summer.
Personnel: Bill Cote: Vocals; Tamir Hendelman: Piano; Martin Wind: Bass; Joe LaBarbera: Drums: Bob Sheppard: Sax & Flute; Graham Dechter: Guitar.