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It's All Right With Me by John Vance

Upon examination of John Vance’s resume, it is apparent that he has an emerging and impressive corpus of work as an actor. Vance has appeared in numerous stage productions, motion pictures and television programs. With his debut CD, It’s All Right With Me, he may also add singer and song stylist to his list of accomplishments. It’s All Right With Me is a twelve song collection of standards drawn from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by a very musical and unobtrusively tasteful jazz trio. With this recording, Vance demonstrates his familiarity with different musical styles, the great singers of the past and present, and draws upon this knowledge to forge an amalgamation of personal style.

There are seemingly legion of singers today of many stripes (Rod Stewart-rock, Suzy Bogguss-country, Aaron Neville-rhythm and blues/soul) releasing recordings of traditional pop vocals from the golden age of American popular singing. John Vance’s voice and approach to music making do not necessarily make his performances outstanding from or above that of singers such as Tony Bennett, Kurt Elling, Peter Cincotti, Ian Shaw, Steve Tyrell, or Michael Buble. Vance however, definitely holds his own as a song stylist. His light baritone voice and his employment at times of breathy and hushed tones brings to mind the delicate and tender tenor voice of Chet Baker. Of particular note to this listener are Vance’s styling on the songs "The Nearness of You," and "When Sunny Gets Blue." In both cases, Vance reveals his background as an actor and delivers an emotional reading worthy of an Oscar nomination. Also not to be overlooked are easygoing swinging tunes like "Haven’t We Met," "There Will Never Be Another You," and Latin staples like "Wave," and "One Note Samba." Mention should also be made of tasteful soloing by pianist Jeff Colella and bassist Randy Landas. Drummer Rod Harbour’s rhythmic presence is constantly felt throughout, however it is never overpowering.

John Vance may be viewed by some as just another singer with just another recording of standards with a traditional jazz trio accompaniment. There may not necessarily be characteristics of this recording that would lead one to select it over that of others. It’s All Right With Me however, certainly can stand on its own with others recordings of similar ilk and would be a welcome addition to one’s CD collection.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: John Vance
  • CD Title: It's All Right With Me
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Erawan Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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