E. J. Decker
A baritone from the
Eckstine / Hartman / Prysock school...
A New York-based jazz baritone/activist.
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announcing! New music...
FROM E. J. DECKER
Bluer Than Velvet: The prysock Project
“Exceptional. One of the year’s best!” —All About Jazz
“Thicker and sweeter than sorghum molasses, and just as tasty.” —Jazz Weekly
“A fitting tribute” —Jersey Jazz
AVAILABLE NOW! @ CDBaby.com!
Exciting new music from deep-voiced singer / arranger / producer E. J. Decker in fine tribute to one of his core influences — the legendary baritone Arthur Prysock — Now completed and available to add to your music collection. Reviews are coming in and are beyond expectations. Radio play worldwide is ongoing. Be sure to return often to the Reviews tab above over the next few weeks for the full reviews and on-air interviews, as we'll be posting additional reactions as we receive them.
THE EARLY BUZZ ON BLUER THAN VELVET:
So perfect is E.J. Decker’s voice for this project, he had been encouraged by the late Mark Murphy to pursue this project … Decker's vocal delivery here is so unique and idiosyncratic that its immediate identifiability emerges as its most potent charm. An excellent recording by any measure.–C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
Mr. Decker’s sassy articulation brings monumental swagger to music that Mr. Prysock turned into the stuff of myth and it is in this repertoire that Mr. Decker establishes his own singular mastery with buttery gravitas and sheer elegance, conjuring all things exquisite about the Prysock insouciance in a volcanic mix.–Raul de Gama, Jazz da Gama
Wonderfully hip … This album is thicker and sweeter than sorghum molasses, and just as tasty. –George Harris, Jazz Weekly
A voice smooth as, well, velvet … Bluer Than Velvet should do a service in nudging more listeners to remember or discover Arthur Prysock's R&B croon, though Decker's similarly cozy deep baritone lets this affair stand most appealingly on its own.–Geno Thakara, All About Jazz
A fitting tribute.–Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
Decker isn’t aping Prysock so much as he is following in his footsteps. One of the class acts of the past, this is a smoking way to make sure he’s not forgotten.–Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Rich baritone vocals that soothe the soul and set the foundation for [Decker]’s blues-based classics. Claire Daly (baritone sax), Chris Bergson (g) and Elizabeth Frascoia (tb) provide strong accompaniment. Decker’s arrangements are fresh, crisp and appreciable.
–D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Newsletter
Now available exclusively at CDBaby.com. iTunes and Amazon will be added in the coming weeks.
Deep thanks & appreciation to all of you who supported our indiegogo Crowdfunding for "Bluer Than Velvet" & helped gain its full Promotional Campaign! It literally would not have happened without you.
Since you're shopping... grab one of E. J.'s other fine albums while you're at CD Baby!
A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession)
While The City Sleeps...
"A wild set of quiet fire"
"I just love your sound"
"Well thought out and beautifully arranged"
"A warm, passionate punch"
"A strong voice touched by that of Billy Eckstine"
"The whole band smokes"
"Beautiful and swinging..."
"His presentation is lush"
Top photo: Janis Wilkins