This really nice review (plus some links for previews) just came in from the UK, and I would love to share this with you:
Album Released: 1st October 2015 – Label: CD Baby – Reviewed: February 2016
We all know that it was the 100th anniversary of Francis Albert Sinatra’s birth in December 2015. And here is a truly wonderful tribute by that supreme guitarist, Lou Volpe, who has released the first Standard album of his career in remembrance and homage to Sinatra, combining the influences of jazz, bossa nova, blues and swing!
Lou Volpe was born in New York and is well-known not only on the New York music scene but also world-wide as a master of the jazz guitar. His sound is seductive, elegant, passionate! He has performed and recorded with such diverse artistes as Peggy Lee, Chaka Khan, Bo Diddley, David “Fathead” Newman, Chet Baker, Liza Minelli, Lionel Hampton, Roberta Flack, Phoebe Snow, Manhattan Transfer and many others, and has toured with Bette Midler, Judy Collins and Herbie Mann (for whom he also composed, arranged and co-produced): tours ranged over the US, Europe, Africa and Japan.
Click here for an introductory video.
Volpe’s artistry ranges from his famous round sound, through single-note runs, rich chords, thrilling twangs, orgasmic crescendos and a certain delicate filigree fretwork.
And now we have this beautiful selection of Sinatra songs where Lou Volpe makes his guitar “sing” by “finger-picking” the melody as if he were uttering the lyrics! Entrancing and wonderful stuff! The only piece not part of the Sinatra catalogue is Carlos Santana’s Europe which is included as a dedication to the “brilliance of Frank”. The other thirteen tracks on this album are drawn from the Great American Songbook and include I’ll Remember April; Speak Low; It Was a Very Good Year; You Go To My Head; A Foggy Day; One For My Baby; Days of Wine and Roses; That’s Life; Softly As I Leave You; The Best is Yet to Come; I Get a Kick Out of You; All the Things You Are and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
Click here to listen to You Go To My Head.
Each track employs a selection of musicians chosen from the following superb and world-class personnel: Lou Volpe (guitar, keyboards, bass (on track 13); Delmar Brown (keyboards); Mel David (keyboards); Onaje Allan Gumbs (keyboards); Stanley Banks (bass); Leo Traversa (bass); Buddy Williams (drums); Sipho Kunnene (drums – track 13) and Gary Fritz (percussio)n.
Out of these gorgeous lyrical melodies, this ecstatic reviewer has to choose I’ve Got You Under My Skin (track 13), performed in a bossa nova tempo, as the very favourite out of this stunning and exceptional collection of Sinatra standards.
Click here to listen to I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
Much thanks to our reviewer, June Bastable.