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14 SEP 09 JONATHAN WIDRAN
On his passionate and compelling, highly anticipated Concord Jazz debut Vagabond, vocalist and songwriter Spencer Day finds the perfect way to keep building on the momentum of the buzz that began with Introducing Spencer Day, his 2004 independently released set of mostly Great American Songbook tunes: write some potential standards of his own.
To that end, he creates a musical hybrid by honoring timeless traditions while contemporizing via favorite pop influences from the 60's like Burt Bacharach, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. Bridging the gap between that breakthrough collection and the new date -- which gets off to a sly, sensual and playfully grooving start with "Till You Come To Me" and hits emotional pay dirt on the heart-tugging grace of "Weeping Willow" -- was Movie Of Your Life (2005), whose title track won San Francisco Academy of Art University's Best Original Song award. Expanding his reach beyond his heartfelt music into the realm of the high tech, Day's video of "Movie Of Your Life" won two DV (Digital Video) Awards and was selected by Dolby Labs as a demo video for the global launch of their 7.1 system.
While "Vagabond" is a passionate reflective ballad about moving on "wherever the wind may blow," in reality the pace of Day's journey is a lot more frenetic. Born in Utah, raised in rural Arizona and currently living in L.A. with extended residencies in NYC and San Francisco, he has been a dominant force in the Bay Area, opened for Rufus Wainwright at the Napa Valley Opera House and played the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center in D.C.
Till You Come to Me
Spencer Day, from Vagabond