To Buy: Just click on the buttons to your left for either the CD or the mp3s. Note that the mp3 price ($4.95) is for the full album. You can also get it from iTunes (search 'Robert Tom, new EP') for the same price. Notes from Robert: 'The straight-arrow EP project is complete! ONE YEAR after tracking the band, the album representing my take on five of my favorite straight-ahead jazz tunes is printed and released. If you like super straight-arrow vocal jazz, executed with drive, then this recording is for you. I made this as a snapshot in time, showing the way I was interpreting these tunes during long engagements with my jazz band in LA clubs, but it turned out to be a great interpretation of five standards that'll last a lifetime. "All of Me" and "Paper Moon" have drive like a trumpet. Thank you Chet. And my favorite comment on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is that it sounds "a little too out there, too driving - 60's NY jazz." So please buy the album! If you can't buy 10, then settle for just 5. Give four to your music loving friends, and tell them, "yeah, this guy, he's my bud. I'm in on his very earliest email list, and when I hit 'reply,' he actually reads it and answers back."' Notes about personnel: 'You might be listening to this recording, and hearing the killing performance behind me, and wondering "who are these guys??" Well, even if you are in jazz, you might not have heard of these musicians yet, because they are all men of my generation. Everyone involved in this project, all of my collaborators and partners, are people of my generation. They aren't as well known as the guys in their 60's, 70's and 80's+, but I deliberately sought them out because they could feel what I felt in this music. It has to do with a different sensibility. I trust the sense of the people I choose to partner with. A new sound to old standards is not easy. But for me, it starts with hearing it differently in my own head, and then finding other guys who hear it like me. So, if you haven't heard of any of these players, just wait. You will. With the exception of the last production stage, everyone who worked on this project, even with the photography and design, and every step from rehearsal to printing, is a kid like me. Also, I thank everyone who worked on this for taking direction from me as the producer. I'm always amazed at the ability that my partners have to take an idea from my head and make it a reality.' Finally, notes about Robert Tom: Robert Tom performed as the lead singer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, performing 100 concerts throughout the US and Japan, for crowds of about 600-3,000 people a night. In Los Angeles he performed with his jazz-vocal combo for upscale lounge venues, performing 70 shows a year. He has headlined at The DERBY, The ROXY, The CINEGRILL, The KNITTING FACTORY, and other Hollywood venues. Robert Tom is the primary recording artist on two albums and appears on one film soundtrack. More to come.
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