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.





  1. This is NOT intended to be snarky…very enjoyable…but…

    sounds basically like Michael Buble who sounds basically like Sinatra…

    So here’s my question…is it that male jazz vocals can’t help but end up sounding like Sinatra or was Sinatra so iconic that he still overshadows male jazz vocalists? Tony Bennett manages to sound like Tony Bennett, so why do these others sounds so Sinatra like? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  2. I hate Sinatra. I thought at first this young man sounded like him but I forgot about Sinatra early on. I’ve decided it was my programming. He is lovely all on his own.

    MP, you’ve been on a wonderful roll with music this week – well, except of course the 9/11 debacle, but ’nuff said about that.

    This week’s music has made my week much more enjoyable. Thank you!

  3. Yes, Lois, I would tend to agree, but still as I listened that “Sinatra” thing would occasionally creep in…and I’m not a big Sinatra fan either.

  4. I think the big difference is that this young man sings and Sinatra talked in tune. Although he doesn’t sound like Bennett he does copy his style. It is something I have never understood about modern jazz singers and many jazz musicians as well – why are they so stuck in the past in respect of style but more especially material. The original jazz musicians improvised on music contemporary to them or on their own compositions. You don’t expect modern rock musicians to include mostly 1950s songs in their sets.

  5. MP – I’m not sure younger Sinatra talked in tune…and this guys style seems to lean heavily towards the Sinatra influence…it may have as much to do with the choice of material as anything else…however, as I recall, at least two of the songs you included were relatively newer songs compared to the standards of the 50’s…

  6. I was just trying to agree with everyone, Larry. To be honest I know so little about this sort of music that I wouldn’t risk a tenner on me being right in anything I say (unlike most of musical pronouncements).