Mu­sic

Warwick Daily News - - RELAX -

FOL­LOW­ING in the foot­steps of Bri­tish su­per­star Rob­bie Wil­liams, fel­low Brit singing leg­end Seal is on the swing train with the re­lease of his lat­est al­bum, Stan­dards.

The record pays trib­ute to swing and jazz greats in­clud­ing Frank Si­na­tra, Ella Fitzger­ald and Nina Simone.

Seal (pic­tured) said of his 10th stu­dio al­bum that it was the record he al­ways wanted to make.

“I grew up lis­ten­ing to mu­sic from the Rat Pack era, so record­ing th­ese time­less tunes was a life­long dream,” he said.

“It was a true honour to col­lab­o­rate with the same mu­si­cians who per­formed with Frank Si­na­tra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same stu­dios where the magic was first made – it was one of the great­est days of my record­ing ca­reer.”

Seal’s new al­bum draws on the by­gone glam­our of Old Hol­ly­wood and in­cludes in­ter­pre­ta­tions of hits in­clud­ing Si­na­tra clas­sics I’ve Got You Un­der My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year.

The singer also col­lab­o­rated with some of the leg­endary mu­si­cians who per­formed with Si­na­tra: Randy Wald­man (pi­anist who toured with Si­na­tra and Paul Anka), Chuck Berghofer (bass player, who per­formed with Ella Fitzger­ald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drum­mer who also per­formed with Quincy Jones and Ste­vie Won­der).

The lat­est al­bum is a nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor to his se­ries of soul records, made a decade ago, which sold more than five mil­lion copies world­wide. Stan­dards will be re­leased on Novem­ber 10 through Decca Records/Vir­gin EMI. Image credit: Chris Pizzello/AP

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