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.