JazzTimes (12/00, p.123) - "...With his appealing sound, bulls-eye pitch and infallible sense of swing, Fame smoothly negotiates a series of musical and verbal challenges that would ground all but his most accomplished peers..."
Mojo (Publisher) (11/00, p.105) - "...Finds Gerogie's peerless voice still in good shape and his songwriting skill operating at an impressive level....stylish and best heard late at night."
Personnel: Georgie Fame (vocals); Bob Malach (saxophone); David Hazeltine (piano); Peter Washington (bass); Louis Hayes (drums).
Includes liner notes by Ben Sidran.
Though Georgie Fame is known as much for his organ playing as for his singing, he eschews the former entirely on POET IN NEW YORK, choosing instead to vocalize exclusively. Part of the album's title comes from Fame's New York accompanists, a solidly swinging quartet comprising some of the Big Apple's finest jazzers.
There's a decidedly '50s feel to this album, right down to the cover, which recalls classic Blue Note artwork of that era. The reigning aesthetic is a blend of West Coast cool jazz and Eddie Jefferson-inspired vocals. Fame and company tackle some well-known tunes, including the swing anthem "Symphony Sid" and the evergreen ballad "Lush Life," but Fame contributes a couple of original compositions as well and they blend right in with their esteemed companions. Throughout, Fame is soulful and sophisticated, simmering but never overcooked. Anyone who longs for the days of Joe Mooney or Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross should embrace POET IN NEW YORK
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