Paul Marinaro: Not Quite YetBy
The 14 numbers on the playlist are sourced from a variety of old/new/borrowed/blue compositions on which Marinaro offers a fresh interpretation beginning with "Born To Be Blue." With a funky 6/8 beat, Marinaro swings out the Mel Torme standard in a buoyant fashion. Gene Lees' English lyrics to the Antonio Carlos Jobim bossa nova "Someone To Light Up My Life" are brought to life by Marinaro through his sensitive and thoughtful reading of the poetic structure. As Marinaro delves into his material, it is evident that he has the talent to sing and swing with control, all the while looking to reshape the lyrics into a distinctive interpretation. Even with a couple of unusual choices, such as David Bowie's "5:15 The Angels Have Gone" and "No Plan," Marinaro's voice and phrasing elevate the material from the mundane.
The gold standard for male vocalists (or any vocalist for that matter) is Frank Sinatra. Paul Marinaro is not one to be intimidated and so he picks three compositions from the Sinatra songbook to wrap his vocal cords around: "No One Ever Tells You," "Taking A Chance On Love" and "That's All." Although the compositions are ostensibly about love, each has a different structure, tempo and attitude, and Marinaro covers them with style, feeling and depth. Stephen Sondheim was an erudite and poetic composer as evidenced by "I Believe" from the TV film "Evening Primrose." Supported only by Allemana's acoustic guitar, Marinaro delivers an ethereal version of the piece, searching out the melancholy quality of its melody and harmonies.
As described by Marinaro in the accompanying notes, "this is an honest and personal collection of songs ... that are characteristic of me at this stage."
Born to Be Blue; Someone To Light Up My Life; Make Me Rainbows; The Angels Have Gone; Remind Me; No One Ever Tells You; Invitation; The Island; Taking a Chance on Love; On A Wonderful Day Like Today; That's All; Searching; I Remember; No Plan.
Paul Marinaro: voice / vocals; John Tate: bass, acoustic; George Fludas: drums; Mike Allemana: guitar; Chris Madsen: saxophone, tenor; Greg Ward: saxophone; Marques Carroll: trumpet; Raphael Crawford: trombone; Rajiv Halim: clarinet; Jim Gailoretto: flute; Victoria Moreira: violin; Naomi Culp: violin; Amanda Grimm: viola; Hope DeCelle: cello; Alyssa Allgood: voice / vocals; Sarah Marie Young: voice / vocals.
Title: Not Quite Yet | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: 122 Myrtle Records
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