Champian Fulton – After Dark (2016)
FLAC (tracks) | Tracks: 11 | Playtime: 54:00 | Size: 301.6 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Gut String Records
Champian’s new album, “After Dark”, features the music of Dinah Washington. Let her tell you the story of how this record came to be;
“The first time I heard Dinah Washington, I was a little girl. I fell in love with her big voice and clean phrasing while listening to “The Fats Waller Songbook” and “For Those In Love.” The sound of her voice was everything I wanted to be: strong and sassy; she was clearly having fun in her life. I became completely obsessed. I listened to her records so much that I easily memorized every word and every note. Clark Terry, a family friend, thought it was most amusing to have me sing his solos, as well as Jimmy Cleveland’s and Wynton Kelly’s, while we were at parties. I can remember him telling his friends Joe Williams and Sir Roland Hanna, among others, that I could recite the entire album. On occasion he would ask me to sing “Long John, The Dentist”, which is a rather risqué tune, but of course the humor of an 8-year-old girl singing that song was lost on me until I was much older.
As I grew up, I discovered Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Helen Humes… But I always came back to Dinah. I collected her entire discography, read everything about her, and asked all my musician friends if they had known her. The more I heard and learned, the more I was fascinated. Every musician I spoke to admired her artistic integrity, her ability to make a hit recording in one take, and her no-nonsense attitude.
I have never loved the idea of a “tribute” record, but in the past few years I have been revisiting Dinah’s music more and more. She has comforted me when I needed it, made me laugh, and warmed my heart. In recording this album of her songs, I hope to do the same for you. I hope this record makes you smile, feel loved, and brightens your evenings. Put it on in those quiet moments After Dark.
01. Ain’t Misbehavin’
02. That Old Feeling
03. What a Difference a Day Made
04. Blue Skies
05. Keepin’ Out of Mischief
06. A Bad Case of the Blues
07. Travelin’ Light
08. Mad About the Boy
09. All of Me
10. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
11. Midnight Stroll
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