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While the City Sleeps
  • Artist: E.J. Decker
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 660355926525
  • Item #: CDBY592652
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Rank: 1000000000
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While the City Sleeps on CD

All Music Guide (Scott Yanow): **** 4 stars / '... a strong voice touched by that of Billy Eckstine' --------------------------------------------------------- New York City-based E. J. Decker has produced a stunning album that explores the dealings of those who populate the bars, the clubs and the dark corners of a city at night, entitled 'While the City Sleeps...' (EJ9265), on the Candela Records label. The songs on this album track the range of emotions of the evening from the joys of the title song and 'Since I Met You Baby' and 'Sea Cruise,' or touching moments such as 'How To Handle A Woman' and E. J.'s self-penned '(We're) Strangers Now.' The harsh realities of the dark night emerge in songs such as 'Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?' and 'You Don't Know Me.' Throughout, E. J. glides easily from jazz to pop to standards to rock to '50s R&B to blues - and may well be the strongest, purest male interpreter of ballads of this generation - while maintaining a consistency of sound and feel that marks it immediately as an E. J. Decker piece. Stylistically, E. J. is often compared to Arthur Prysock, Billy Eckstine and Joe Williams, while vocally he has been compared to the rock baritones, such as Elvis Presley and Bill Medley (of the Righteous Brothers). With his powerful and resonant baritone voice, E. J. has created a rich sound and sensibility all his own, sliding smoothly from penthouse to roadhouse. Here's what others have said about E. J. Decker and While The City Sleeps...: --------------------------------------------------------- Cadence Magazine: 'His presentation is lush, and his songs have a tinge of brash elegance. Decker has a way of presenting his tunes using dynamic flair, and he commands attention through his direct and forceful delivery. He seems to prefer singing lesser-exposed standards, and he displays a bold stroke of authority on each of them ... a solid entertainer.' --------------------------------------------------------- Craig Turner, WPNE 89.3 FM: '... right from the first song, title cut, I knew I had a winner in my hands ... After repeated listens, I put this CD in the 'must have' category. It is one of those CDs that always puts you in a good mood.' --------------------------------------------------------- Jazz Improv Magazine: 'One is first struck by Mr. Decker's rich baritone voice ... His tone is resonant, his articulation immaculate. Mr. Decker's vocal inflection shows a clear understanding of the lyrics for each of his selections ... Similarly, he evidences a rich and far-reaching vocabulary of jazz and jazz influences. It is obvious, from the tune selection upward, that Mr. Decker is aware of the roots of this idiom.' ---------------------------------------------------------.