Dewey Erney

Standards of Excellence, Vol. 1

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A warm-toned singer based in Los Angeles, Dewey Erney is in excellent form on this 1994 recording. Erney is backed by pianist Brian O'Rourke and bassist Benjamin May, both of whose solos tastefully fit the mood of the songs. The singer at times recalls Mel Tormé (particularly on ballads) and swings lightly throughout a set of superior standards that includes three two-song medleys. Erney's improvising is subtle but contains a few surprises, and he manages to sing the difficult "Jordu" quite well. All in all, this is a satisfying effort.

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