Steve Marvin is a talented bop-oriented singer from the Northeast. Accompanied by pianist Mac Chrupcala, bassist Peter Kontrimas and drummer John Anter on this small-label CD, Marvin displays an appealing and clear voice, the ability to swing, a strong scatting style, and sensitivity to the lyrics on ballads. Although little-known outside of his geographical area, Marvin has the potential to be one of the better male jazz singers of the late 1990s and early 21st century. The only problem with this CD is that virtually all of the material (other than Michel Legrand's "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" and Jobim's "Quiet Nights") is quite old (from the 1920s through '50s) and has therefore already been interpreted countless times. Marvin particularly excels at Eddie Jefferson ("Moody's Mood for Love" and "Billie's Bounce") and Jon Hendricks ("Four" and "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid") lyrics, and is able to hold one's interest during lengthy numbers ("Billie's Bounce" goes on for over eight minutes). Recommended.
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