Dedicated to Bobby Darin - Paul Vann

Dedicated to Bobby Darin is a remarkable album in which Paul Vann sounds very close to Darin. Vann performs regularly in Nashville where he works in the studios and writes music for films. Bobby Darin was a very versatile singer who accomplished a great deal in his 37 years. He was signed to the Decca label when he was 19 as a songwriter, had a rock and roll hit with “Splish Splash,” recorded swinging numbers with a big band (including famous version of “Mack The Knife” and “Beyond The Sea”) and later in life reinvented himself as a folk singer. He was also a record producer, an actor, a talent scout, and hosted his own television variety series.

On Dedicated To Bobby Darin, the swinging band performs arrangements taken from Darrin’s jazz-oriented recordings of the 1960s. Paul Vann does the impossible by bringing Bobby Darin back to life, not only capturing his sound but his phrasing and swinging style. On such songs as “As Long As I'm Singin',” “Bill Bailey,” “Lover Come Back To Me,” “Mame” and “The Shadow Of Your Smile,” one would swear that Bobby Darin is the one singing. Dedicated To Bobby Darin will inspire today’s listeners to not only go back to Darin's recordings but to check out the talented Paul Vann.

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One of the most versatile singers of his or any generation, Bobby Darin switched idioms several times in his career, starting with rock & roll, excelling in swinging numbers with big bands, and spending a period as a folk singer. He understood each style and was quite credible in every setting, singing with great maturity when he was in his early twenties. This brand new record pays homage to this classic singer, presenting thirteen of his most famous songs performed by the superlative singer Paul Vann and Tim Smith's Nashville All-Star Big Band. You won't want to miss this one!

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Paul Vann
Instruments Music and Musicians
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SKU IC1127


Customer Reviews (2)

Hello, Bobby!Review by Big Toots
Celebrated pianist/composer Roger Kellaway – composer of “All in the Family’s” closing theme, “Remembering You” – is quoted as saying that of the many hundreds of artists he’s worked or recorded with professionally, only two had a supreme knack for making absolutely perfect musical choices and suggestions to him. One was Barbra Streisand. The other was Bobby Darin (for whom Kellaway was long-time Musical Director).

With Dedicated to Bobby Darin, vocalist Paul Vann and a group of All-Star Nashville cats deliver a terrific salute to one of American popular music’s most multi-talented, commercially successful, and interesting entertainers. While paying musical homage to Bobby, who sadly died at 37 of lifelong heart ailments, Vann and his team also demonstrate that they can select and present material associated with Darin with a similar uncanny ability as Bobby Darin did.

Paul Vann is his own vocal man here and is wise not to attempt to imitate Darin’s voice (as actor Kevin Spacey brilliantly did on the Darin biopic, Beyond the Sea), although Vann has certainly done his due diligence on Darin’s rousing style. Vann, in fine voice across the date, emulates Darin’s energized approach with vigor on prestissimo tempos played in that classic Darin Las Vegas production show manner (“As Long As I’m Singin’,” “Lover Come Back to Me,” “Once in a Lifetime”). Even the “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “Charade,” both usually performed as ballad and slower waltz, respectively, are rendered hard-swinging, with Vann belting away. On the three balladic selections (“My Funny Valentine,” The Shadow of Your Smile” and show-closing “The Party’s Over”), Vann covers them with grace and an underlying lyric sensitivity. That musically juxtaposes the other rousing material here. That’s a wise choice of which Darin would approve.

In addition to framing Paul Vann as a fine vocalist, Dedicated to Bobby Darin will energize and bring fond recollection of a robust period in American popular music and of a brilliant artist who, like Elvis, “left the building” much too soon.

(Posted on 4/28/2015)
Dedicated to Bobby DarinReview by Simon Sez
I don’t know how he did it, but on this CD Paul Vann sounds exactly like Bobby Darin. He not only sounds identical but he phrases like him and has his personality.

It is pretty magical. Paul Vann performs the more swinging tunes that Bobby Darin did in the 1960s including “Bill Bailey,” “Hello Dolly,” “Mame” and “As Long As I’m Singin’,” using similar arrangements for a big band. The only thing missing here (besides Bobby Darin himself) is “Mack The Knife.” Put this CD on for a Bobby Darin fan and watch them flip out!

Simon Sez: Paul Vann sounds exactly like Bobby Darin on Dedicated To Bobby Darin (IC1127), recreating everything about Darin’s music perfectly.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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