July 10, 2015
New album by Giacomo Gates Everything Is Cool available July 24th 2015 on Savant Records
Giacomo Gates approaches jazz singing with a showman's poise and an aficionado's zeal. With his deep, cognac baritone and his vintage-hipster lexicon, his phrasing and his bearing, he upholds a distinctly masculine ideal of deceptively easy nonchalance. Gates is known as the modern day heir to Eddie Jefferson, the godfather of vocalese. Here he uses the style sparingly, but to great advantage. never showboating by using the challenging technique. Gates' considerable chops are always at the service of the song. Backed by his go-to pianist, John di Martino and guitarist Tony Lombardozzi leading the rhythm section and Grant Stewart out in front on saxophone, Giacomo sings and swings his way through a dozen tunes - some familiar favorites, some rarely heard gems. He may be soft and subtle or he may be hip and humorous but one thing Giacomo Gates is not, is predictable.
May 8, 2013
Miles Tones: Giacomo Gates Sings The Music of Miles Davis is #1 for its fourth straight week on jazz radio charts.
The Revolution Will Be Jazz was #1 for six weeks on the jazz radio charts.
February 12, 2013
As a follow-up to "Giacomo Gates' "The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Be Jazz," Savant Records is releasing on February 26:
Miles Tones - Giacomo Gates Sings The Music of Miles Davis
Giacomo Gates - vocals
TRACKS: All Blues • Be-Bop Lives (Boplicity) • Four • 'Round Midnight • I Fall in Love Too Easily • 'Long Come Tutu • Milestones • You're My Everything • So What • Walkin'
Scat singing is one of the true paradoxes in jazz. A vocalist who scats with any level of authority is usually considered to be a jazz singer, yet one need not scat to fall into the jazz singer category. So, Betty Carter was a jazz singer because she scatted, but so was Billie Holiday and she never scatted. There is, however, a small cadre of artists who could both sing and scat with aplomb. A short list might include, Sheila Jordan, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, Mark Murphy and, the vocalist currently under scrutiny, Giacomo Gates. Here, performing music written by and associated with Miles Davis, Gates gives us the best of all possible worlds: a bit of syllabic scatting, some Hendricks-inspired singing of instrumental lines and a lot of his mellifluous baritone voice. Gates proves, as he did with his historic Gil Scott-Heron recording, that great music is not bound to the instrument on which it was created and that it loses neither import nor content when refracted through the prism of superb musicianship. Though there are notable contributions from pianist John di Martino, laying down some tasty changes, and Freddie Hendrix sounding quite Miles-like in his muted utterances, this disc is all about Giacomo Gates joyously creating music both carefully rehearsed and on the spot while all the time spreading that joy to his audience.
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