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Derek Menchan shows 'Incredible' artistry on new album
(Published: December 13, 2020)

Jazz artist Derek Menchan recently released a new album titled The Incredible, which features 16 songs. There's an incredibly diverse range of influences on this record, highlighting Menchan's proficiency in different styles, as well as his ability to concisely surround himself with some great musicians. There's also room for several external collaborators on some of the tracks, adding more to the depth and versatility of the sound of the LP.

This beautiful record kicks off with a song called "Every Day I Have the Blues," a collaboration with Jeremy Fratti. The track is a stellar introduction to the sound of the album, and an insight into Menchan's eclectic musicianship. From the energetic feel of "One O'Clock Jump," down to a beautiful rendition of the iconic blues number "At Last," (originally performed by Etta James), anything goes! Menchan's vocals are incredibly deep and sultry, like a crooner from the golden age.

One of my personal favorites is definitely "Paragon Rag." This track feels like an old-school folk song due to its chamber strings arrangement and roomy, natural sound. This beautiful instrumental piece feels like traveling through time and the organic feel of the performance is truly amazing. The playing is articulate and nuanced, yet very energetic and engaging. "Tico Tico" is another example of how different things can get from song to song. This acappella number has a Latin flavor, and it showcases Menchan's incredible skills as a vocal arranger. All the many voices seamlessly come together, highlighting his infectious personality and wonderful charisma.

There is more room for some classic vibes, as it is the case with Menchan's cover of "What a Wonderful World." This is definitely not an easy song to cover given its incredible pedigree and the reputation of Louis Armstrong. However, Menchan's version is warm, playful and exciting, offering a fresh new take on a timeless classic.

What I love about this record is how Menchan managed to offer his take on some classic songs, alongside some fresh and innovative ideas making the formula all the more special and inventive. This is a well-executed record which has a beautiful natural production that's meant to highlight the natural musicianship of the artists involved.

More Information: http://www.derekmenchan.com

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