Moon and Sand (Digital Only)
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Pianist and singer John Proulx makes his recording debut as a leader with Moon and Sand, a trio date with veterans Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Joe La Barbera (drums), that focuses primarily on favorite standards. Proulx has a light but swinging vocal style, never overdoing it, while his piano playing is equally effective. He adds a bossa nova undercurrent in the enticing "Moon and Sand," shows a playful touch in "Alice in Wonderland," and showcases Berghofer prominently in the delicious duet of Duke Ellington's "Do Nothin' Til You Hear from Me," in which the piano is omitted entirely. "I Can't Make You Love Me" is a country-like piece best known by Bonnie Raitt's landmark recording of it, but Proulx turns this bittersweet ballad into a loping, touching jazz vehicle for solo piano and voice. Proulx's two originals are collaborations with
lyricist K. Lawrence Dunham, with producer Tamir Hendelman taking over the piano for the touching ballad "My Love for You" and the leader back on hand for the lush, sentimental "Stuck in a Dream with Me."John Proulx demonstrates a lot of potential on this initial release, so he will be one to watch.
Proulx's the Man!
Proulx has a vocal timbre that makes his jazz palatable and smooth. It's a great cd to have in the background to set the mood, whether it's a first date or a dinner occasion with friends. Unfortunately, his version of "Irish Blessing" is not included, but hopefully a recording of it with Las Vegas' Corey Ellis will be forthcoming. Nicely done, Proulx, and hopefully more of your stuff is on the way!
Moon and Sand
The likeness to Chet Baker aside, John Proulx's is an original sound wrapped in a mastery at delivering the lyric and an intimate understanding of the harmonic underpinning. His skill as a pianist is surpassed only by his gift as a singer. Add to this mix, his writing - and look out. This young artist could develop into a full blown legend.
Wow...what a great voice....
What a wonderful pure voice this young guy has....I can't wait until he records more cd's.... This is even made greater by the other players, old pros...Berghofer, and LaBarbera...he must be good or they wouldn't record with him...
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