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Bluer Than Velvet: The prysock Project

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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 available @!

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A toast to the man who precipitated all this:


 Arthur prysock

Arthur prysock

This collection of songs sung, recorded or inspired by Arthur Prysock explores, yet 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; New York Blues Hall of Famer, guitarist Chris Bergson; Ron Carter-protégé Saadi Zain on bass; emerging trombonist Elizabeth Frascoia; and two E. J. favorites who've appeared on all 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,, both of New York City.

The liner notes that grace the album's insert come from the pens of two music professionals, Derrick Lucas of Rochester, NY's WGMC 90.1 FM, and jazz journalist Ken Dryden, who appears often in Hot House and The New York City Jazz Record, among other publications.

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