Desert Island Jazz
Giacomo Gates (2004)

Visit Website

The criteria for defining jazz singing will probably be argued for the rest of time. But no matter which side of the argument one may be on, there can be no doubt that Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Giacomo's own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Eddie Jefferson Things Are Getting Better Things Are Getting Better (Muse)
# 2 Thelonious Monk The Composer Brilliant Corners (Columbia)
# 3 Betty Carter Compact Jazz Tight (Verve)
# 4 Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Greatest Hits The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else (RCA)
# 5 Frank Sinatra Swinging Sinatra September in the Rain (Capitol)
# 6 Bill Evans and Toots Thielmans Affinity Days of Wine and Roses (Warner Bros)
# 7 Lester Young The President Plays It Takes Two to Tango (Verve)
# 8 Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan Swingin' 'Til the Girls Come Home Doodlin' (RCA)
# 9 The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Blue Rondo la Turk (Columbia)
Book The Bible
Luxury Item A 42' Criss Craft
Castaways by date
Steve Adams
30 May
Cheryl Bentyne
17 Oct
Will Bernard
11 Apr
Barbara Borden
21 Mar
Jim Butler
13 Jun
Ian Carey
21 Feb
Judy Chaikin
17 Jan
Mike Clark
10 Oct
Freddy Cole
21 Nov
Beth Custer
01 Aug
Harry Duncan
03 Oct
Kai Eckhardt
03 Jan
Lisa Engelken
26 Sep
Don Friedman
07 Nov
Roger Glenn
05 Dec
Kimberly Gordon
28 Mar
Marty Grosz
29 Aug
Alex Hahn
08 Aug
Bill Holman
28 Feb
Tommy Igoe
07 Mar
Namita Kapoor
22 Aug
27 Jun
Lisa Mezzacappa
24 Oct
25 Jul
Glenn Richman
15 Aug
Alfredo Rodriguez
25 Apr
Dan Sabanovich
02 May
Grant Stewart
12 Dec
Judy Wexler
04 Apr