Well, I haven’t posted anything controversial in a while so my hits have gone down significantly. Actually I haven’t posted much of anything lately so perhaps thats the reason there hasn’t been much activity on the old blog lately. I have a reputation as someone who doesn’t like singers which is very very far from the truth. Take for instance CHAMPIAN FULTON. This is one singer I dig and dig a lot! I had seen Champian on Facebook a bunch and heard her name here and there but it wasn’t until (very cleverly, I might add) that my friend Marc Edelman at Sharp Nine Records included her CD in the same package as the David Hazeltine Trio recording that I requested. I have to admit, upon seeing the CD I reacted generally the same way I do whenever I get a CD from a vocalist. It seems these days I get a CD everyday from someone claiming to be a singer. What caught my eye about this CD was the appearance of one of my favorite saxophonists Eric Alexander . I can’t remember if he is on the first track or not but what I do remember is when I put the CD on I had totally forgot that he was even on it. Champian is fantastic. Her voice is amazing, she doesn’t over sing anything ever and her piano playing is very Red Garland-ish. I was so impressed I immediately got in touch with her and booked a date at The Cellar. That date is upon us. She is here on Friday and Saturday, May 24/25 and she is appearing with me on tenor saxophone, Jodi Proznick on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums. It’s gonna be a lot of fun!
And for the record there are a TON of singers out there I like and we are lucky here in Vancouver to be blessed with many great vocalists!