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Released "After Dark" 11/05/14
Interview by: Melissa Berry
“From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B and standards singer/songwriter, Bobby Caldwell is truly one of the most respected members of the music industry.”
And, they did it wonderfully.
When asked about the actual recording of this album, Mr. Caldwell had some interesting insights into the current methods used in recording. In mentioning some French horns on a previous album, I found out they were real…not synthesizers. “Synthesizers have an inherently unnatural sound, as does the perfection of digital recordings compared to recordings made on tape from years ago.” Having heard all sorts of music, which has been transferred, mainly for preservation purposes, from tape to digital, this is a very valid point. It was also in keeping with another recording point Caldwell made - the difference between the sound of using live musicians and synthesizers: Live musicians create vibrations which, in essence, are “moving sound waves,” where as the synthesizer creates “standing sound waves” which can have a somewhat static effect.
Mr. Caldwell’s use of current technology while maintaining a deep understanding and respect of the history of the recording industry is what is apparent in this new album. In particular, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” is a wonderful example of remaining true to the past while working in the present. With horns that demand to be listened to, this cut features the arrangement of sax sensation, Andrew Neu, in this enthusiastic interpretation. From start to finish this version never stops engaging the listener in the music and lyrics of this timeless song.
Also included in this album is a wonderfully sweet and cuddly version of “I’ve Got a Crush on You Sweetie Pie” that includes the charming verse to set up the rest of this George and Ira Gershwin standard.
And, not to be overlooked, is a new and fabulous arrangement of Mr. Caldwell’s timeless song, “What You Won’t Do For Love” which opens with a samba beat and a muted horn that could cut butter. Such a great song, and such an unexpected new arrangement. All brass, but with syncopations and rhythms that are unexpected without ever leaving behind the well known and anticipated nuances.
“After Dark” is the essence of Bobby Caldwell who, while remaining true to his musicality, takes us with him into new interpretations. By including new musicians, new arrangements, and new interpretations for the iconic Big Band sound, he provides something for past, present and future generations of listeners.
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