Live at the Kasbah

Live at the Kasbah

by James Van BurenJames Van Buren


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James Van Buren is a veteran singer in the mold of Eddie Jefferson, with a raspy voice that swings whether he's performing bop, swing, or ballads. This 2004 live set recorded at the Kasbah finds him in great form, backed by pianist Eric Gunnison, bassist Mark Diamond, and drummer Paul Romaine, with special guest Richie Cole added on alto sax. What's particularly enjoyable about this nightclub set is that Van Buren has a knack for doing standards that have fallen out of favor, particularly "Saturday Night," "All the Way," and "That Old Black Magic," the latter played with a brisk bossa nova rhythm. His touching performance of Benny Carter's lovely ballad "I Was Wrong" (originally written for Joe Williams) and the swinging take of "Christopher Columbus" are also among the CD's highlights. Cole's solos add just the right touch of spice. If there's anything disappointing about this release, it is the cardboard packaging (similar to the one used by Neil Young for his Harvest LP), which is destined to wear out prematurely. But the great music within the package makes it worth purchasing and handling with care.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2004
UPC: 0012378580824
catalogNumber: 2004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Van Buren   Primary Artist,Leader,Vocals
Mark Diamond   Bass
Eric Gunnison   Piano
Paul Romaine   Drums

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Chu Berry   Composer
Sam Jones   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
James Van Buren   Composer,Producer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
D. Wolf   Composer

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