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 in production, and will soon begin its promotional phase.
The current plan is for a full release 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, and was then mixed and mastered by Paul Wickliffe of Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ.
Bluer Than Velvet includes — Cover photo: Enid Farber of Enid Farber Fotography and Insert photo: Janis Wilkins, JanisWilkins.com, both of New York City.
Keep an eye out for
Bluer Than Velvet: The Prysock Project!