STEVEN TAETZ – DRINK YOU IN
This Toronto-based out artist has reinvented himself on his second album. He’s foregone pop for a swinging jazz sound that echoes Michael Buble and, stretching further back, Frank Sinatra. Drink You In is fizzy, pretty and romantic. Combining six originals that sound like they arrived from a more sedate era, with a bunch of old-time standards, our cool crooner adds a queer twist to his dry martini remakes. Steven has even announced that he’s proud to follow in the tradition of legendary LGBT jazz performers like Billie Strayhorn, Ma Rainey, Fred Hersch and Gary Burton. You may not know or care who those music legends are but Steven sure does a neat job of making jazz “swelligent”.