Please Dig Giacomo Gates Miles Tones CD/2013
(Published: July 30, 2014)
by Marc Meyers
CD discoveries of the week. Giacomo Gates is hands down my favorite male vocalist on the scene today. His last album'The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs Of Gil Scott-Heron'knocked me out. Now, he's back singing all Miles Davis on Miles Tones: Giacomo Gates Sings the Music of Miles Davis (Savant). Gates comes out of the club-singer tradition, most specifically vocalese'words added to jazz songs and signature instrumental solos. Think King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson and Mark Murphy. Gates's hipster baritone, conviction and spry vocal solos take you back to a time when people read poetry in the park and jazz was about the joy of life and intellectual pursuits. Attention Don Was at Blue Note.
Giacomo Gates - Miles Tones
For his latest album, Miles Tones (Savant ' 2124), vocalist GIACOMO GATES explores ten tunes associated with Miles Davis, but with a difference. Previous tributes to Davis have concentrated on the instrumental side of the music. In this instance, Gates performs the lyrics, in some cases ones written after the fact for originally instrumental pieces, and for standards like 'I Fall in Love Too Easily' and 'You're My Everything,' he sings the lyrics written before they ever became a part of the Davis repertoire. Whatever the origins, Gates, with his resonant baritone, simply nails them. With backing from Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, John Di Martino on piano, Dave Stryker on guitar, Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Vincent Ector on drums, Gates shows why he is among the best of the current male jazz singers. He has a terrific sense of rhythm and phrasing, and articulates even the most complex of the occasional vocalese lyrics. He is also like a sixth instrumental voice when he scats. Do you get the impression that I dig this album' Well you are right! (www.jazzdepot.com)
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