Les Grant – Way Forward Way Back

“A wonderful voice and a phrasing that is impeccable,” says ArtistLaunch.com. “Ben folds at his best meets Frank Sinatra,” says Storyline Record Reviews. These are some of the comments about vocalist Ben Grant’s Way Forward Way Back (2013).

It’s critical for young vocalists, hoping to be discovered, that they don’t do what’s been done many times before. So it’s refreshing that grant, in delivering his interpretations of some classic songs, avoids the typical standards from the American Songbook. With Grant are pianist John Chin, saxophonist John Ellis, bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Dan Rieser.

The classic “Blue Skies” bookends the set, with the radio edit on the front end and full version as the closer. Grant’s voice is his own, but his phrasing on this track is similar to that of Michael Buble. After delivering the familiar theme, Grant takes off on a happy-go-lucky scat. Ellis and Chin contribute brief solos.

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