Seal – Standards (Deluxe) (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Seal – Standards (Deluxe) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:05 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Decca

It’s always some kind of baptism of fire. Not a prerequisite but a way to measure oneself to one’s colleagues from yesterday and today. With the aptly named Standards, his tenth studio album, Seal climbs the Everest of the great jazz and swing classics. After three decades, the Brit doesn’t have anything to prove anymore about the soul quality of his voice. But this retro-flavored enchanted digression reminds us of how this powerful and sultry organ can master any repertoire. Recorded for the most part in the famous Capitol studios in Los Angeles, precisely where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have recorded some of their greatest discs, Standardshas incidentally been created with the help of musicians that have assisted these great voices. We find pianist Randy Waldman (Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka), bass player Chuck Berghofer (Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles) and drummer Greg Fields (Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder), all gathered so that Seal would give his reinterpretations of Autumn Leaves, I Put A Spell On You, Love For Sale, My Funny Valentine, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Smile, I’m Beginning To See The Light and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow. “This is the album I have always wanted to make, explains the concerned party. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream. It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.” We can easily imagine that…

01. Luck Be A Lady 04:35
02. Autumn Leaves 02:55
03. I Put A Spell On You 02:55
04. They Can’t Take That Away From Me 03:15
05. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is 04:31
06. Love For Sale 03:45
07. My Funny Valentine 04:32
08. I’ve Got You Under My Skin 03:13
09. Smile 04:30
10. I’m Beginning To See The Light 03:06
11. It Was A Very Good Year 04:42
12. The Nearness Of You 03:52
13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Sn 02:38
14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) 03:37



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