Matt Dusk: The Best Is Yet to Come

Track

The Best is Yet to Come

Artist

Matt Dusk (vocals)

CD

Back in Town (Decca B0008662)

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Musicians:

Matt Dusk (vocals), Chuck Berghofer (bass),

John Chioidini (guitar), Tom Rainer (piano) and an orchestra arranged by Sammy Nestico

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Recorded: Los Angeles, no date given (CD released in 2007)

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Rating: 72/100 (learn more)

It will be a sad day when jazz singing is defined by nostalgia efforts like this one. Jazz will become like opera, an art form in which imitating the mannerisms of a previous century has mostly replaced more immediate and original expressions of creativity. But if Sinatra impersonators ever grow as popular as Elvis clones, Dusk will be in his sweet spot. This record is merely playacting, with an expensive horn and string section as backdrop. Your faithful reviewer would like to ignore such releases but, like bad money squeezing out real legal tender, they are increasingly finding their way into circulation, and fans need to be educated enough to protect themselves.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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