Prepare to be impressed my friends. Prepare to be very impressed indeed. Even by Classy Friday's very high standards tonight's selection shines out in a class of its own.
There are plenty of great female jazz singers around but great male jazz singers are very thin on the ground at this moment in time. Those that are out there tend to come across as a pastiche when they attempt to swing their vocals. Not so with Alexander Stewart. This young, Scottish man is the real deal. The way he bends the notes and always ends up spot on the right note is pure vocal genius. He is one of that rare breed of singer who can also rightfully claim to be a true musician.
And the backing band he's got together are the coolest combo I've heard for a long time. As with all great jazz musicians, it's as much what they don't play as what they do play that make them an ideal accompaniment to Mr Stewart's vocal phrasings. They swing but they sure do rock as well.
I've listened all the way through this album everyday this week. With such a large record collection that is rare thing for me to do. But I just can't get enough of it. As I said - prepare to be impressed.