13 Songs, 55 Minutes

TITLE TIME
3:01
4:26
2:07
5:08
4:57
5:35
2:35
6:19
2:22
4:50
6:17
1:52
5:39

Customer Reviews

That special sound

Mikey Sayz

This one has that special, clean sound, that just comes alive. The fact that they did this when everyone else was still overusing echo and other enhancements makes it all the more impressive. Standard covers on this, like the title track, Route 66 (with its laid back ultra cool scatting), and God Bless the Child, sound like you never heard them before, or, if you did, you can't remember why you got tired of them. Can't say enough good things about this album.

About Kevin Mahogany

Kevin Mahogany's sudden prominence in the mid-'90s was a relief to many who felt that male jazz singers under the age of 60 were nonexistent. His swinging style was reminiscent, but not derivative of, Joe Williams. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1958, Mahogany played piano, clarinet, and various saxophones while growing up before deciding to specialize in singing. He attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and sang locally in some R&B groups. In the early '90s, Mahogany dedicated himself to jazz and, after two fine albums for Enja, he signed with Warner Bros. for LPs including 1997's Another Time Another Place and 1998's My Romance. In addition, he recorded as a guest on dates by Elvin Jones and arranger Frank Mantooth. In fall 2000, Portrait of Kevin Mahogany was released, followed by the Motown-centric Pride & Joy in 2002, the self-explanatory Big Band in 2005, and 2015's The Vienna Affair, the latter recorded in its namesake city with a quartet of Austrian musicians. Mahogany died in December 2017 at his home in Kansas City; he was 59 years old. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Kansas City, MO
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    July 30, 1958

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