John Proulx Say It!
SAY IT is the newest CD by pianist, composer, and vocalist JOHN PROULX. This is his fourth CD as a leader. He recorded his previous three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, but after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away, he decided it was time to expand his horizons and take his career along a new and exciting path. SAY IT is the first album he’s produced independently.
Each of his albums have expressed a different time in his life and musical journey. His new CD reflects the depth of experience of a man in his early-40’s with a career in full-stride and a beautiful wife and two children. Proulx has always been a sensitive pianist, which is why he’s often busy working as an accompanist for other vocalists, and he exhib-its his facility with different styles throughout the CD. He can swing hard or he can play with a gentle subtlety that melds beautifully with his lyrical, tenor voice.
A highly accomplished interpreter of standards, Proulx approaches lyrics with a lot of heart and empathy. The ten songs on this project are a mix of lesser-known jazz standards and jazz interpretations of pop songs by a diverse group of composers. Proulx chose these songs because they are beautifully constructed both melodically and lyrically, lending themselves to a fresh, new sound with updated, modern jazz arrangements. The result is a CD of great warmth, affection, and sophistication.
John Proulx piano/vocals
Chuck Berghofer bass
Joe LaBarbera drums
Larry Koonse guitar
Bob Sheppard tenor sax, soprano sax
Billy Hulting auxiliary percussion
Melissa Manchester guest vocals
Alan Broadbent string quartet arrangements
The Gina Kronstadt Strings
Gina Kronstadt 1st violin, leader, contractor Susan Chatman 2nd violin
Rodney Wurtz viola
Stefanie Fife cello
Arrangements by John Proulx Produced by Judy Wexler
1. Gentle Rain (4:26)
2. Scatsville (3:48)
3. The Summer Knows (4:12)
4. Watch What Happens (3:32)
5. Say It (4:53)
6. I Don’t Worry About a Thing (4:36)
7. The Last Goodbye (3:54)
8. Stained Glass (4:26)
9. Something to Live For (4:50)
10. Both Sides Now (4:43)