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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”.

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