Debut from Jazz Singer Chris Humphrey on Cadence Jazz Records“Nothing But Blue Sky” features drummer standout Matt Wilson
(Published: August 06, 2007)
Debut from Jazz Singer Chris Humphrey on Cadence Jazz Records
"Nothing But Blue Sky" features drummer standout Matt Wilson
Early media response to singing sensation Chris Humphrey's debut album, "Nothing But Blue Sky" (Cadence Jazz Records 1201) has been overwhelmingly positive. Recorded with award-winning drummer Matt Wilson and Martin Wind (who comprise 2/3 of the Bill Mays trio) and Boston-based Mark Shilansky on piano, the smooth-voiced Humphrey blends energetic fresh arrangements with originality and sincerity.
Cadence says "This is classic Jazz vocal - timeless in its appeal and natural in its delivery. A wonderful example of the art of vocalist as instrumentalist. Chris Humphrey makes his debut on 8 standards and 3 notable originals, delivered with sincerity and a naturalness of flow. Chris Humphrey is a singer of significance.
Jazz Singing Legend Sheila Jordan says, "Chris sure can sing, what a joy! Wonderful arrangements, and his singing knocks me out...this guy is a gas!"
The Portland Press Herald's Aimsel Ponti says, "‘Nothing But Blue Sky' (Cadence Jazz Records) is his debut and he can put a well-earned feather in his cap for his efforts. Humphrey aims to use his voice as an instrument, and my ears tell me he's done just that, and then some."
Jazz writer/producer Bob Rusch said "Chris projects a sincerity and hipness that never falters, sounds forced or without reserve. It allows him simply to be himself and project the final piece of the whole: individuality.
We listeners are fortunate to have available this kind of talent to balance out the forgettable."
Glenn Astarita of ejazznews says, "Chris Humphrey's debut record offers a proverbial breath of aromatic air that goes against the norm; he sings standard works with a sense of ownership. With a crack rhythm section providing sympathetic and at times frisky support, the vocalist sings these works as though he's not merely reciting verse into a studio mic. Humphrey generates a forward-moving impetus with warmly uttered overtones amid radiantly entertaining qualities that translate into proclamations of good cheer!"
NOTHING BUT BLUE SKY
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Chris Humphrey (singer, arranger, composer)
Nothing But Blue Sky
featuring MATT WILSON, drums
MARTIN WIND, bass
MARK SHILANSKY, piano
NEWLY RELEASED on CADENCE JAZZ RECORDS
78 Fletcher St
Kennebunk, ME 04043
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More Information: http://www.chrishumphrey.net
Submitted By: Chris Humphrey