Ian Shaw: Danny Boy


Danny Boy


Ian Shaw (vocals)


Ghostsongs (Ronnie Scott's Jazzhouse JHCD 025)

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Ian Shaw (vocals),

Adrian York (piano)


Traditional, arranged by Ian Shaw and Adrian York


Recorded: Ronnie Scott's, London, March 1992


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

You may have heard "Danny Boy," but you haven't really heard "Danny Boy" until you've heard Ian Shaw perform it. "The pipes, the pipes are calling," he sings, but the pipes you will be marveling at will be Shaw's vocal pipes with their strength and great range and emotional authority. His falsetto rivals that of the great Milton Nascimento, and he has all the little cadences and bends and throwaway phrases that impart a sense of drama to a jazz vocal performance. Adrian York's deft reharmonization adds to the sweep of this highly recommended track.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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