A prolific interpreter of American standards, singer Ken Greves transports audiences back to the Golden Years of jazz and champagne music with his latest album, The Face Of My Love. The selection for the recording includes hallmark works by some of jazz music’s most cherished writers like Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Greves’ vocals are beautifully poised as he molds his ruminations to the melodic knolls, and strokes the lyrics like they were made of fine porcelain. He brings out the songs classic curves and melodic charms while enhancing their timeless quality as they pass from generation to generation.
Greves displays an instinct for finessing American standards like Strayhorn’s “Daydream” and Cole Porter’s “Where Have You Been.“ His versing is poetic, and his suave handling of the tunes is thoughtful as he traverses along the chord progressions with a leisurely stride. His treatment of Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz’s “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” accentuates its romantic-bent, while Greves’ refurbishing of “You Stepped Out Of A Dream” bodes a dreamy sonorous. His rendition of Harold Arlen and Leo Robin’s “It Was Written In The Stars” has a gristle of heavy bass streaks which turn to a breezy bossa nova style in “I Thought About You.” His remodeling of the torchlight flutters in Billy Strayhorn and Elvis Costello‘s “My Flame Burns Blue” is shrouded in somber tones, which shifts to an upbeat pulse in Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer‘s “Day I, Day Out.” The shimmering tones of the piano keys in “Someone To Light Up My Life” cradle Greves’ vocals in silky threads, which transform into a sprightly jitter in “By Myself” inducing a festive mood into the album.
Ken Greves’ treatments have a penchant for classic styles and veer towards sustaining a positive mood even through the melancholic tunage of Billy Strayhorn‘s “Chelsea Bridge.” Hope springs eternal in Ken Greves’ delivering of American standards, showing an inclination to influence audiences to adapt to a leisurely stride through life like himself.
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