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Greg Meyer
“People know when something swings – their head nods and their toes start tapping,” explains Greg Meyer. He should know. The vocalist, who is simply called the GM by his contemporaries in the music scene, has an album that does just that. Forget the schmaltz, Greg Meyer’s self-titled debut album is sure-footed and sharp, immaculately arranged and perfectly phrased.

Meyer approached the album with clear intentions and confidence. He wanted to do authentic ballads, where the story is everything, up-tempo swing tunes along with a samba and a bossa nova cut. “I try to either do something right or not do it at all,” adds Meyer, “so the approach was: ‘Get the best players and the best studio and give it a good crack’. I simply wanted to make an album that was great to listen to, all the way through.”

The 14 tracks that comprise Meyer’s debut long-player include “Beyond The Sea”, “Dream A Little Dream”, “Blue Moon”, “More” and “Someone To Watch Over Me”. They’re all classics for sure, but these aren’t carbon copies. Working closely with Meyer, arranger and conductor Bob Johnson – the legendary trombonist who’s played with everyone from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie – has helped redefine them, overseeing the team of hand selected musicians, including an immaculate string section, in sessions at the famous Studios 301.

“I chose to record songs that work as complete album. So you can listen to it all the way through with great song after great song” comments Meyer. The live set that he’s performed both headlining and supporting the likes of George Benson, provided only a few selections on the album. But Meyer was more than equal to the considerable task. Conferring with esteemed New York jazz singer and friend Mark Murphy, the six-time Grammy nominee. Meyer stayed true to the song’s long history whilst putting his own stamp on them. “Everything old is becoming new again” says Meyer. Hear the bluesy licks in “More” and “Blue Moon”! It’s just one of GM’s little touches.

“We wanted to make the arrangements as original as we could,” notes Meyer, although there was an exception, with “The Best Is Yet To Come” similar in feel to Frank Sinatra’s version. “You’ve got to have at least one done Frank’s way,” adds Meyer, paying tribute to the Chairman of the Board without slavishly imitating him. Meyer grew up listening to Sinatra – he was a favourite of Meyer’s mother, quickly putting aside the piano to develop his considerable vocal talent. He’s made his mark on the live circuit and now it’s time to do the same on record. Rest assured, this outstanding album is a great way to start. Greg Meyer’s debut self titled album is released November 11 2006.



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