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Fantastic New Jazz Versions Of Classic Songs

In April of 2008, Christopher Cross was booked into a rare month long appearance at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City... The room, an 88 seat cabaret venue that was the regular gig for the late jazz pianist Bobby Short, was something new for Cross and it created quite a challenge -- To scale down the arrangements of his songs and present them backed only by piano & sax. The experience was such a positive one that Christopher went into the studio in an effort to document the new life these wonderful pop songs were given... The result is THE CAFE CARLYLE SESSIONS. The presentation is simple... Christopher on acoustic guitar, accompanied by Andy Ezrin on piano & David Mann on sax from the original Carlyle engagement. Joining them for this recording are Kevin Axt on bass and CC band veteran Dave Beyer on drums/percussion. The acoustic jazz combo feel brings an honest, pure sound to the project while all the players are encouraged to stretch out on the solos. Christopher's voice has retained it's clear, melodic quality over the years and sounds fantastic. Produced by Chris Walden, the new versions of classics like RIDE LIKE THE WIND, SAILING, ARTHUR'S THEME, NEVER BE THE SAME, THINK OF LAURA & more sound both old and new thru these great new jazz arrangements. Strongly recommended for fans of this music.

Splendid Reinterpretations of Classic Cross Tunes

"The Cafe Carlyle Sessions" finds Christopher Cross in fine form on guitar and voice and the once-lavish Michael Omartian productions on songs like "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind," "All Right" and "Never Be the Same" stripped down to a simplified - and pleasing - acoustic form. Long-time fans of Cross's music and newcomers who like a light jazz touch on ballads and love songs will enjoy "The Cafe Carlyle Sessions." Highly recommended!

Just buy it

Excellent quality recording of some really great songs and memories. Excellent production and players all nail each song. Sounds like Chris is hanging out in your living room--probably the best I have ever heard his voice sound on a recording. Great job!


Born: May 3, 1951 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Christopher Cross was far and away the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping "Sailing"; seemingly as quickly as he shot to fame, however, his star descended, although he continued recording and touring for years to come. Born Christopher Geppert in San Antonio, TX on May 3, 1951, Cross first surfaced in the Austin-based cover band Flash before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros. in the...
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