VOICES Notes and news on Jazz Vocals releases
08 FEB 12 ANNE FARNSWORTH
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Steve Tyrell, America's most famous wedding crooner, is releasing I'll Take Romance, his first album on Concord Records. A collection of starry-eyed love songs, it's the perfect soundtrack for your romantic rendezvous.
The Houston native had been working behind the scenes in the recording industry as a songwriter and producer when he was tapped to sing "The Way You Look Tonight" for the soundtrack of the 1991 hit, Father Of The Bride. The producers had him perform it on camera in the climatic reception scene and an iconic wedding standard was born -- even Chelsea Clinton chose it for her first dance. The song is included as one of the 12 tracks, which are arranged with a jazz combo supplemented by horns and strings.
Tyrell's singing style is steeped in blues and soul and he supplements the American Songbook classics with some R&B covers. "At Last" opens the set and though it's similar in feel to Etta James' famous recording, hearing it sung by a man gives it a fresh outlook. Sam Cook's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" is included, as is a seldom-heard gem originally recorded by Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, "You Turn Me Around."
This release is a follow-up to Tyrell's previous recording celebrating Sinatra's love songs. Add that to his annual stints at New York's Café Carlyle, one of the most romantic nightspots in the world, and you have a man who's an unofficial expert in flirtation, courtship and passion. Slipping this disc in with the chocolates and flowers for your Valentine may very well get you a little passion this year, too.