New music from
E. J. Decker
Bluer Than Velvet: The prysock Project
arriving April 2018
Exciting new music from E. J. Decker — this deep-voiced singer / arranger / producer's fine tribute to one of his core influences, the legendary baritone Arthur Prysock — is now completed and is currently beginning its promotional phase.
The full release comes in mid-April 2018.
This collection of songs sung, recorded or inspired by Arthur Prysock explores, but merely hints at, the work of this prolific jazz singer, who today remains woefully under-appreciated. Bluer Than Velvet is a loving mixture of ballads, swing and R&B associated with Prysock, all newly re-arranged by Decker. The album includes a mix of tunes only Prysock recorded; standards he had hits with or was long known for; songs he recorded that have also been staples of Decker's working book for years; and even a few songs — while not particularly associated with Prysock — where Prysock's influence on Decker's interpretation and arrangement is unmistakable.
In keeping with E. J.'s long-time quest for low notes, this project showcases a fine array of talents — baritone sax luminary Claire Daly; recent NY Blues Hall of Fame-inductee, guitarist Chris Bergson; Ron Carter-protegé Saadi Zain on bass; emerging trombonist Elizabeth Frascoia; and two E. J. favorites who've appeared on each of his albums to date: pianist Les Kurtz and Tom Melito on drums.
The notable sound of this album is due to the efforts of two men. It was recorded by Michael Brorby of Acoustic Studios, Brooklyn, NY, then mixed and mastered by Paul Wickliffe of Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ.
Bluer Than Velvet includes a cover photo by Enid Farber of Enid Farber Fotography and an insert photo by Janis Wilkins, JanisWilkins.com, both of New York City.
Keep an eye out for
Bluer Than Velvet: The Prysock Project!