Giacomo Gates

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Dan Singer, In Tune International

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Fifteen songs never had it so good. Unpredictable and inventive are but two descriptions of this pure jazz singer. He will actually have you sitting on the edge of your seats as you hear the varied examples of his uncanny vocal range. He reminds me of Mark Murphy and the late Eddie Jefferson. Far from ordinary, Mr. Gates' knack of embellishing the standards makes him extraordinary; he's never dull or boring. His first song, "Summertime" (Gershwin-Heyward) contains an explosive dynamite laden vocal with an apropos whistling. It's beyond description and swings forever. His astonishing take on Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" has him successfully vocally impersonating a trombone. Bobby Troup's "Route 66" gets an exceptional going over with an appropriate opening narration. From the catalogue of the Kingston Trio, Dave Guard's "Scotch and Soda" is poignant. It's a rare expressive tasteful rendition. Mr. Gates is hip to many things musical. If the Rolls Royce could sing jazz, it would assuredly sound like Giacomo Gates. Thankfully, Mr. Gates takes abundant musical roads heretofore gone untravelled and leaves us with a most extraordinary experience.








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