You might remember Chris Humphrey from a half-dozen years ago, when he lent his singing, arranging and composing talents to Almost Blue, the Ritz’s 1991 tribute to Stan Getz. Four years later, he teamed with Boston-based pianist Mark Shilansky and two Billy Mays Trio-mates, drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Martin Wood, to lay down these 11 tracks. The market for new jazz singers being what it is, it has taken until now for the album’s release. With any luck-and I have my fingers firmly crossed-such delays won’t plague Humphrey’s next disc. His is a talent that deserves to flourish.
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