Marc Pompe

You Must Believe in Swing

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Marc Pompe, in his mid-sixties at the time that he recorded the dates released on this CD, had only previously been documented on a cassette and a very obscure CD. He has sung in the Chicago area for many years. The band is so good on this set that one wishes Marc Pompe were better. His voice is a little reminiscent of Mark Murphy's but not always perfectly in tune, and his style is not that adventurous. His sincerity and sense of swing are obvious and he sounds younger than his age, but he is the weakest aspect of this date, occasionally missing notes. In contrast the trio of organist Joey DeFrancesco, guitarist Henry Johnson and drummer Byron Landham is quite hot and fortunately they are featured on eight of the 11 selections, swinging hard. Two numbers have Pompe accompanied by pianist Judy Roberts while guitarist Curt Warren backs the singer on "Chelsea Bridge." One listens to this CD rooting for Pompe and occasionally he scores, but overall this is a slight disappointment.

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