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  • Giacomo Gates (2004)

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    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)
             
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