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Forgotten in Manhattan by Joseph Walsh

On Lost in Manhattan Joseph Walsh provides an interesting mixture of original compositions and interpretations of songs by everyone from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe. As a vocalist, his style reflects a similarly wide range of influences. Though clearly following in the tradition of Sinatra and especially Tony Bennett, Walsh sounds like he listens to more contemporary sounds as well. Alongside Sinatra and one can hear traces of everyone from Barry Manilow to Paul Simon and even a more tuneful Lou Reed in his crooning.

Walsh's backing band is sparse and competent. Pianist Richard Celments provides consistently nice accompaniment, Matt Parker's sax embellishments are invariably tasteful, bassist Ken Gottschall's bass and Ryan Cavan's drums solid and timely. David O'Rourke's guitar is understated almost to the point of being non-existent.

Joseph Walsh won't make you forget Tony Bennett, but there's a lot worse things to be reminded of. He still needs to find his own style, though he does appear to be looking. His own songs "The Moment I See You" and "Done with You" are pretty good, managing to coexist with classics like "One for My Baby" and "Everything Happens to Me." A good listen, on the whole.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joseph Walsh
  • CD Title: Forgotten in Manhattan
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Hankus Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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