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Album Review

This brilliant and vastly underrated L.A. based singer/songwriter subtitles his new masterwork of poppin' jazz-inflected originals Love Wins (New Standards for the New Millennium), but this is something of a misnomer. One of its best tracks, "Who Are You?" — which by rights should be considered a classic pop ballad by now — is a tune from the '90s that has been recorded by everyone from Brenda Russell & Bobby Caldwell to Ramsey Lewis. Its composer gives the magical piece its due here again with a gentle arrangement that brings out a true sense of wonderment. That sort of wide-eyed optimism and romance is what makes Cantos stand out in a modern musical world of cynicism. He might have better success with joyous gems like "You've Got Me" and the irrepressible title track if he were to time travel back to the Cole Porter era, but this emotionally compelling set of 13 originals will bring a rapturous sense of whimsy to listeners with a love for the bygone era when people let their hearts actually dream through music. A sensitive vocalist and pianist, Cantos charms easily his smoky, low-key ballads (a yearning "Do I Ever," the plaintive "Forgive Me in Advance"), but seems in even higher spirits on lively, swinging tracks like "A Little Bit of Help," the frenetic and witty (both musically and lyrically) "Morning Coffee," and the unabashed (and funky) declaration that nice guys finish first on "Love Wins." When Cantos is not singing of the delirium of being in love, he's wistfully remembering its glory in the past ("Avenue 18"). The multi-talented artist has been a fixture on the L.A. jazz scene for years, and works to great effect throughout with some of the city's best musicians, some of which are great artists in their own right: Brian Bromberg, Grant Geissman, Jerry Watts, Michael Shapiro, Pat Kelley, Luis Conte, and John Ferraro, among others. While the listener's heart and soul will focus on his beautiful voice and sharp emotional songwriting, his piano solos are top-notch jazz improvisations. Sometimes promotional material is just full of hype, but in this case, Cantos' tagline says it best about the experience: "New songs that feel like you've loved them forever." And you will.

Customer Reviews

Standards, yes!

Yes, these are definately new standards. "Love wins" is my favorite--of course--I love the bossonova beat and the backing vocals. The message is wonderful. Bill always matches the mood of the lyrics and music to a tea. Which leads me to "Morning Coffee"--Love the piano rifts and scat singing. WOW! "Do I ever" makes me think of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinantra. "Who are You" makes me sad in such a great way? Standards, yes! I can definately envison Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., and Michael Buble' covering these tracks. Thanks again, Bill for a wonderful collection that moves the heart and soul! I'm glad to have purchased the entire album.

Collectors Item

Bill Cantos is truly a rising star and has set the standard for the next generation of song writers influenced by the "Great American Song Book." He has seemed to have captured the sprit of composers from Cole Porter to Sammy Cahn. Bill Cantos' lyrics, voice and piano are truly outstanding. Love Wins: New Standards for the New Millennium will prove to be a true collectors item.

From a lifetime fan...literally

bill is named after my Father.. During WWII his Dad Mr.Cantos was in line with my Dad, Mr Contos. They became lifelong friends and we would go visit them often when I was little. decades later! I was in a club to see Dori Cayymi, a Brazilian genius, and when he introduced the band he said his keyboardist was Bill Cantos. I KNEW there couldn't be too many so, Iwent up and had a. Little family reunion.
I think he is SO talented not just as a performer but as a songwriter too? I listen to this CD all the time and it always brings joy to my heart and a smile on my face.
As far as I'm concerned he is a treasure that hasn't been really found. I wish he would do some more music. I know all the words by heart now LOL
Great album, great guy, great artist.
You're right Bill......love wins!

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