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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke

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Columbia 505225 2
  1. It Had to Be You
  2. Until the Real thing Comes Along
  3. Ainít Misbehaving
  4. That Old Feeling
  5. Baby, Itís Cold Outside
  6. Stardust
  7. It All Depends On You
  8. As Time Goes By
  9. I wonder
  10. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  11. Why I Was Born
  12. Letís Fall in Love
  13. Our Love is here to Stay
  14. Someone to Watch Over Me
  15. Everytime We say Goodbye
  16. Remembering "Sweets"

Steve Tyrell Ė Vocal
The album features Steve in various settings from Big Band, through Strings to Rhythm Section.
Arrangements are all by guitarist Bob Mann.
Clark Terry Ė Trumpet & Flugel
Plas Johnson Ė Tenor Sax
Bob Mann Ė Guitar
Harry "Sweets" Edison Ė Trumpet (Track 16)
Toots Thielmans - Harmonica (Track 6)
All the above contribute significant solos.

I must confess that this is the first time I have heard Steve Tyrell. He started out as a singer with r&b bands in his teens and now in his early thirties, he has become a vocalist of real quality. In between he was an AR man and he produced several hits for Dionne Warwick. In the early 90ís he worked as a Musical Director and Arranger for films and television. This glimpse into his background probably explains the quality of this CD, it is about as near as the human being can ever get to the perfect album. Bob Mannís arrangements are of very high quality and the musicianship and recording is all of the very best.

What does Steve sound like, to me he has absorbed qualities from many singers, there are traces of Nat Cole, Sinatra, Sammy Davies, Tony Bennett, Mark Murphy and many others, but put together in a way that is uniquely Steve Tyrell.

Steveís choice of Clark Terry for the trumpet solos is inspired. Clark whom came to fame with the Ellington Band, has always been one of the most original of jazz trumpet players and is as usual outstanding. Another terrific soloist is Plas Johnson one of my favourite tenor players. It was he who played with Mancini on The Pink Panther and The Odd Couple, he has a great saxophone sound and excellent improvisational skills. Steve is partnered by Jane Monheit on Baby, Itís Cold Outside and I enjoyed their version more than the original. Toots Thielmans plays on Stardust and brings another richness to this musical pastiche. Two rhythm sections are used one from New York and one from LA, there is nothing to choose between them, both are first class.

This collection of songs from the great American Song Book demonstrates why these songs are going to be around for ever. The amazing thing is that in a collection like this you hear a song that you have missed in 50 years of listening, in this case ĎI Wonderí, another quality song.

Track 16 is a tribute to the Late Harry " Sweets" Edison, who appeared on Steveís previous album, the tune is I Canít Give You Anything but Love, apparently it was the last recording the great man made. A nice thing to do.

This album has to be one of the best vocal albums I have heard in a while and Steve, his team and Columbia records can be very proud of it. I hope it does well for them. It was a treat to listen to top professionals at work playing the greatest of songs.

Don Mather




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