Andy Bey -][- AMERICAN SONG – [Savoy Jazz, 2005]
Usually, I’m not the one to rave about standards instrumentally or vocally for that matter. However, in this case I was captivated in my first encounter by the brilliance and symmetry of Grammy nominated vocalist extraordinare Andy Bey. Perhaps you will, like me find his bravado, spellbinding and soothing while his flawless interpretations redefine this timeless collection of wonderful songs mesmerizing.
After a twenty-two year absence from recording, Andy Bey returns with “American Song” one of four albums to position his voice in this infinite landscape of popular vocal artists. With this project, he works his way through the intricacies of the elegantly stated revisions of “Prelude to A kiss, Speak Low, Caravan, Lush Life, Satin Doll, and Lonely Town.” After the first spin, you’ll probably wonder why you haven’t indulged and absorbed his smooth, expressive and rich baritone before now? As Bey’s voice resonates seamlessly through the fabric of each song you’ll find yourself emerged in the enchanting lyricalism as he reshapes these classics with his unmatched style and swagger like you’ve never heard before in the context of “American Song.”
As jazz enthusiasts, if you haven’t done so take some time and familiarize yourself with this remarkable singer he will simply blow you away with his uncanny lyrical prowess and warm timbre eloquently displayed throughout the canvas of “American Song” by vocalist Andy Bey. —Rob Young | The Urban Flux