Everyone But Me

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Everyone But Me

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I fell in love with Marc Pompe the first moment I heard him. I was a teenager, just starting to play gigs, when a mutual friend, the great pianist Pat Manago, brought me to a club to meet Marc and hear for myself what a real jazz singer/pianist was quot;supposed to sound like.quot; It was just some little Chicago suburban bar, but to me, it was as though I'd walked into Jazz at the Philharmonic. I sat mesmerized as Marc sang and played a variety of wildly inventive jazz standards, and then ended the set with a scorching ballad I hadn't heard before-quot;My One and Only Love.quot; That did it. At that moment I became a star struck fan, just like I am now, years later. Whether I'm listening to his recordings or playing piano for him, I am always star struck by Marc Pompe. Since that first encounter, I have watched with awe and pleasure as Marc continues to develop and expand his skills as an ever-evolving singer, pianist, songwriter and performer. Marc has become more than just a song stylist with an intensely appealing voice who can swing standards and sing jazz tunes: he is a bebop-driven vocal interpreter of the kinds of expert melody lines and harmonic phrasing that a great saxophonist would create. When Marc scats solo choruses, those solos are transcribable works of art for any instrument. And yet he is also one of the most contemplative and compassionate musicians I know. His warm and intense interpretation of ballads offers an up-close and personal look into his innermost thoughts and feelings. With his powerfully beautiful voice and expressive sound, Marc is a master of conveying the most tender emotions, joyful or sad, with quietly smoldering passion. In both his singing and his composition, Marc can take you on a magical trip from blazing bebop to melancholy yearning that is so smooth you don't know what hit you. He can adapt material to his own quirky-scatty delivery of a complex jazz tune, and then, just as quickly, change course and completely melt your heart with a haunting ballad of lost love. He is not afraid to go out on a limb with adventurous musical explorations, yet all the while keeping it thoughtful and poignant. Marc is also one of the wittiest people I know. His talent for injecting his offbeat sense of humor into his music allows him to have fun with lyrics and phrasing continually raising the bar of creative singing to a high and very entertaining level. An all-star cast of close friends and frequent musical collaborators is featured on Everyone But Me, with abundant solo space for each player. A jazz pianist himself, Marc knows how to communicate his ideas on a wide variety of moods and styles, and it is obvious that all of these empathetic artists have been thinking alike for a long time. Drummer RUSTY JONES, famous in his own right for his work with such jazz stars as George Shearing and Marian McPartland, delivers his usual high-energy performance and patented chops-ish wizardry, terrific solos and trading, and (in my opinion) his quot;perfect spot in the universequot; time feel. Bassist NICK TOUNTAS, about whom I have always said quot;knows exactly what to do whenquot; in terms of time feel, mood, texture, (plus making note choices that flatter the all-important pianist's left hand), navigates beautifully through the arrangements with satisfying long, low notes, as well as taking plenty of excellent solos. Together, Nick and Rusty reprise their long-time popular role as Chicago's favorite rhythm section. El Paso guitarist CURT WARREN, wh

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Marc Pompe - Everyone But Me (CD NEW)Label: Cd Baby.Com/IndysFormat: CDRelease Date: 02 Aug 2011No. of Discs: 1UPC: 884501388733Album Tracks1. The Touch of Your Lips2. So Many Stars3. Darn That Dream4. The Best Thing for You5. Confirmation6. If You Could See Me Now7. Devil May Care8. Everyon
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