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Kenny Rankin - Professional Dreamer

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Kenny Rankin sings like Chet Baker would have if Baker had had a voice. His tone is high (Rankin's speaking voice is actually fairly low) and he has a subtle, cool style. It is a bit of a surprise, but Rankin (whose previous output has been in pop music) is actually a fine jazz singer. He always sticks to the lyrics when performing veteran standards (there is no scatting), but changes many of the notes, even during the melody statements, and he is definitely improvising. Rankin's concept is kind of strange ("At Last" and "The Very Thought of You" are radically changed) but successful and he has a strong and likable voice. An all-star acoustic trio (consisting of pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Brian Bromberg, and drummer Roy McCurdy) backs the singer on most of the tracks, Tom Scott (on tenor and alto) and trombonist Bill Watrous add melodic bop solos to three songs apiece, "It Had to Be You" is taken as a romping duet with pianist Alan Broadbent, and the remarkable singer Sue Raney interacts with Rankin on "I've Got a Crush on You." This surprising CD is highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

1) You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Kenny Rankin (03:32)
2) The Very Thought of You - Kenny Rankin (03:38)
3) But Not for Me - Kenny Rankin (03:09)
4) I Fall in Love Too Easily - Kenny Rankin (03:50)
5) More Than You Know - Kenny Rankin (04:19)
6) It Had to Be You - Kenny Rankin (02:19)
7) At Last - Kenny Rankin (06:15)
8) Love Is Here to Stay - Kenny Rankin (02:30)
9) I've Got a Crush on You - Sue Raney / Kenny Rankin (03:49)
10) My One and Only Love - Kenny Rankin (04:17)
11) Blame It on My Youth - Kenny Rankin (05:00)
12) How Can I Forget (Song for Margo) - Kenny Rankin (04:53)
13) That's All - Kenny Rankin (04:28)

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