Ian Shaw: Dearly Beloved
Ian Shaw (vocals)
Soho Stories (Milestone MCD 9316-2)
Papo Vasquez (trombone), Steve Rubie (flute), James Pearson (piano), Chip Jackson (bass), Mark Fletcher (drums).
Composed by Jerome Kern & Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: New York, September 2000
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Not many singers can take a standard like "Dearly Beloved" at such a breakneck tempo. But Ian Shaw is not any singer – far from it. This British almost-veteran first sets his perfect time and expressive diction on the words with only the bass as support, then is boosted by a team of American instrumentalists. Great solos by Soloff and Alexander are also part of the success of this swift version that definitely stands apart.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num