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Jack Wood: Jazz and the Movies

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If you could somehow pour the stylings of Frank Sinatra and Jack Jones into a blender, out would flow the crooning of Jack Wood: not as hip as the former; not as dramatic as the latter, but they’re both significant since they are important influences on Wood. Like his debut album, Baby, Baby All The Time, this second CD is a class act. Showing his good taste, Jack once again surrounds himself with L.A. studio musicians — the guys who read and swing with equal finesse: Pete Christlieb, Buddy Childers, John Pisano, Tom Ranier, Jim Hughart, Luther Hughes, Joe LaBarbera, even Bill Miller, who accompanied Sinatra for a couple of centuries. Some of these greats are gone now; the album bears an ’09 copyright, but no indication of when it was recorded.

Wood is an excellent singer: good range; precise intonation; a looseness that allows him to syncopate intelligently; and sufficient warmth to melt either polar icecap. His sound is pure velvet, and bless him, you can understand every syllable. In addition, he can change key with the briefest of modulations.

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