THIS IS WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT-
KING DAVID and the Talk of the Town!
And they’re new CD,
“KING DAVID HAS THE PASSION OF A ROOMFUL OF CROONERS! MY GOD! THIS CAT SWINGS LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW!”
-Jon Norton, Music Director, WGLT-FM, Normal, Il “News, Blues and All That Jazz ‘
“KING DAVID'S LOVE FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SHINES THROUGH: SWINGIN VOCALS, TERRIFIC ARRANGEMENTS-IT ALL ADDS UP TO A FIRST-RATE LISTENING EXPERIENCE! ...KEEPING THE SINATRA TRADITION ALIVE, IN STYLE!”
-Tom Santopietro, Author of the bestselling book, SINATRA IN HOLLYWOOD
“THE ALBUM ITSELF PLAYS LIKE A LIVE DATE, WITH HIGH EXCITEMENT AND SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP ON THE PART OF A GREAT BAND OF NIGHTCLUB JAZZ-ACES! KING'S VOCALS SOAR, FLOW, INTERWEAVE AND OFTEN TOP-OUT KILLER HORN BLASTS!”
- Dr. Ken Rabac, Afternoon Jazz Host, WUCF-FM, Orlando, FL; Writer, JazzSational Magazine
“START WITH A POWERFUL BIG BAND, FEATURING TALENTED MUSICIANS, ADD SOME SWINGIN’ CHARTS TO THE BANDS REPERTOIRE, TOP IT OF WITH A VERSATILE SINGER WITH PIZZAZZ! VOILA! YOU HAVE KING DAVID AND THE TALK OF THE TOWN! “
-Arturo Gomez Music Director, Afternoon Jazz Host, Jazz 89 KUVO-FM, Denver, CO
“WHEN YOU LISTEN TO KING DAVID AND THE TALK OF THE TOWN, YOU ARE REMINDED THAT GREAT MUSIC CAN STILL BE PRODUCED! KING DAVID HAS A GREAT VOICE THAT SOUNDS LIKE LEGENDS OF YESTERYEAR, BUT IT'S A NEW, LIVING LEGEND HERE TODAY!...GREAT MUSIC FROM A GREAT ARTIST WHO REALLY KNOWS HOW TO SWING!”
-Chella, Morningset Jazz Host, WSHA 88.9 FM, Raleigh, NC
”KING DAVID CERTAINLY HONORS MUSICAL GREATS IN THIS INSPIRING COLLECTION. BUT HE DOES SOMETHING ELSE JUST AS MAGICAL. HE DISPLAYS HIS OWN TRUTH-SEEKING VOICE WITH GREAT VERVE, ENLIVENING EACH SELECTION WITH A TENDERNESS, A BEAUTY, THAT TAKES YOU BACK INTO THE SWEET SMOKE OF HISTORY AND SONG. IT IS QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT.”
-Wil Haygood Author of “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.”; Staff Writer, Style Section, The Washington Post
“ GIFTED WITH A SOOTHING BARITONE VOICE, DAVID CAN BELT OUT A NUMBER WITH A MEASURE OF AUTHORITY, BUT JUST AS EASILY MELLOWS WHEN A SLOW BALLAD CALLS FOR IT! ... THE OTHER SOFT BALLAD OF NOTE IS HAROLD ARLEN”S ‘THE GAL THAT GOT AWAY’, WHERE DAVID IS ESPECIALLY WARM IN HIS APPROACH TO THE LYRICS! ... IT IS HIS ASSERTIVE APPROACH THAT DISTINGUISHES HIS SINGING STYLE FROM OTHER VOCALISTS! KING DAVID REVIVES A COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFUL SONGS AND PUTS HIS OWN STAMP ON MANY OFT-RECORDED STANDARDS! ON MR. SUCCESS/CHICAGO, HE MARKS A SUCCESSFUL MUSICAL EXCURSION INTO THE PAST!”
-Ed Blanco, “All About Jazz.com”; Jazz Host, WDNA-FM, Miami, FL
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Mr. Success Chicago
KING DAVID and the Talk of the Town! | Self Published (2009)
By Edward Blanco
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New York vocalist King David makes no excuses for his love of good old swing music, the sound of the big bands and the music from the 1930s to the 1960s, as he borrows from The Great American Songbook in reinterpreting and updating terrific old standards on Mr. Success Chicago, with his Talk of The Town backup band. David is sometimes seen as a throwback to the past; influenced by the music of such legends as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bobby Darin, David may seem out of place in today's world.
The album was originally to be titled Mr. Success, however after being introduced to the people, music and sounds of Chicago by producer/arranger Jim Martin, David was so taken by the “Windy City” that he added Chicago to the title. One of the turning points for David was the level of talent that Martin was able to call on for the backup band. The Talk of The Town band comprises an all-star list of jazz musicians, including trumpeter Rob Parton (Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band), saxophonist Marc Colby, trombonist Tom Garling, drummer Bob Rummage and pianist Larry Novak. The band also includes a nine-piece string section for a touch of class.
Gifted with a soothing baritone voice, David can belt out a swinging number with a measure of power, but just as easily mellows out when a slow ballad calls for it. Starting with a swinging big band number, David opens up with a brassy read of "On the Street Where You Live," featuring a lively solo from Colby. The swing continues on Harry Warren's "Lullaby of Broadway," and then calms down on the Anthony Newley classic, "Who Can I Turn To." The other soft ballad of note is Harold Arlen's "The Gal That Got Away," where David is especially warm in his approach to the lyrics.
David does not shy away from belting out a song; in fact, it is his assertive approach on songs including "Come Back to Me" and "Here I'll Stay" that distinguishes his singing style from other vocalists. The music ends with a staple from the Sinatra songbook, and a favorite of David's, "Mr. Success"—the perfect finale, drawing on the band for some fine instrumentals in a swinging piece of music that features the singer at his best.
With charts from the past and some swing from the present done Chicago style, King David revives a selection of beautiful songs and puts his own stamp on many oft recorded standards. On Mr. Success Chicago, he marks a successful musical excursion into the swinging music of the past. Somehow, it seems befitting for a man often seen in a smart suit and wearing a fedora.
Track listing: On The Street Where You Live; Lullaby of Broadway; Who Can I Turn To?; Come Back To Me; Artificial Flowers; Here I'll Stay; Haven't We Met; The Gal That Got Away; Don't Rain On My Parade; Mr. Success.
Personnel: King David: vocals; Larry Novak: piano; Bob Rummage: drums; Stewart Miller: bass; Frank Portelese: guitar; DeDe Sampaio: percussions; Kirk Garrison: trumpet; Rob Parton: trumpet; Tom Garling: trombone; Tim Coffman: trombone; Marc Colby: tenor saxophone; Tim McNamara: saxophone; Bob Frankitch: saxophone; Thomas Yang: Concert Master; Rika Seko: violin; Katherine Hughes: violin; Michael Shelton: violin; Carl Davies: violin; Jeri-Lou Zike: violin; Steven Houser: cello; Richaro Yeo: cello; Marsha Labella: harp; Geo Blanchett: tympani.
Published: November 27, 2009
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