Sam Fazio is reviewed by The Aquarian Weekly with his new album “Let’s Go”

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by Mike Greenblatt

 

Sam Fazio

Sam Fazio comes out of Chicago
fully formed in quasi-Sinatra mode as
produced by the San Francisco duo
Tuck & Patti who have added their
particular veneer of hipness to the
proceedings. Thus, while still adhering
to the “Great American Songbook” of
such overdone roasting chestnuts as
the 1927 Gershwin standard
“S’Wonderful” plus “Teach Me Tonight”
and “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” he
also writes a few and warbles away on
some Tom WaIts (“Downtown Train”),
Leon Russell (“Superstar”),
Lennon/McCartney (“Eleanor Rigby”)
and, most endearingly, a dramatic
update on Bobby Freeman’s 1958 “Do
You Want To Dance.”

What gives the 10-song presentation
its appeal are the varying instrumental
beds: closing original “Share My Life”
just has Tuck’s mellifluous guitar while
Patti’s beautiful “Reverie” sounds like
late-night cabaret with but a piano.
Opener “Pure Imagination,” from the
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
soundtrack, pairs piano with harmonica
for an elegant understated effect while
the title track comes complete with
rhythm section. These variations make
what might have been a staid session
into an entertaining whole.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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