Reviews and Quotes
Plenty of room for a real swinging cat
"Swing music was invented in the 1930s but it has been through so many revivals it never really seems to have gone away. And there has been a spate of new swing of late.
Robbie Williams did the album Swing While You're Winning and Michel Buble and Jamie Cullen made their mark with modern twists on swing favourites.
It's all good news for jazz singer Greg Meyer. He has just released his debut self-titled album that has him performing hits such as The Best Is Yet To Come and Beyond The Sea, backed by a swing orchestra.
Swing is a big part of his repertoire. "That's the style I adopt when I'm with a big band," he says.
Asked about influences he says many swing singers avoid saying they love Sinatra. He has no such qualms. "I still think he's the best, you can't get away from that," Meyer says.
"Something that was popular once becomes popular again, sometimes."
Troy Lennon, The Daily Telegraph
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"It is quite rare for me to find a crooner that is up there with the best in this genre (Buble of course). He has a unique voice (trace of an accent), a great style and an ourstanding band behind him. The only problem: how long to we have to wait for his second release!"
– CD Baby USA
"Move over Tom Burlison, there's a new crooner on the patch. Greg Meyer hails from Adelaide, where he has smoothed any bumps out of his jazzy interpretation of standards. Sliding across Bob Johnson's slick arrangements of the likes of More, Beyond the Sea and Blue Moon, the last essentially performed by the Sydney All-Star Big Band, Meyer seems in his natural habitat. Escaping the shadows of Sinatra and Tony Bennett isn't easy but Meyer has enough little idiosyncrasies to make him entertaining in his own right."
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
"Surely the mark of a good crooner is whether they can take an oft-played standard and give you a reason to listen to the song again. Local jazzman Greg Meyer's version of Beyond the Sea is a pretty good sign for the rest of this album.
The musical backing to Meyer's crooning harks back to the old-school sounds of these songs, more so than the swing output of Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams but Meyer keeps things fresh and fun.
The song selection is a mix of up-tempo dance numbers and slow burning love songs and Meyer's relaxed style suits both formats.
And there's a couple of choices that haven't done the rounds of the new crooners."
Danielle O'Donohue, The Advertiser
"...Meyer has selected a good range of standards in varying styles and tempos, from the Latino treatment of Eso Beso and Summer Samba through slow expressive ballads like If and on to medium grooves with shots from the powerhouse, such as I Won't Dance. Incorporating a mix of around 40 musicians from Sydney and Adelaide, the high quality recording was mostly put down at Studio 301, Sydney."
John McBeath, The Advertiser
"...He has confidence, a good voice and a nice feel for songs such as Beyond the Sea, Blue Moon, More, the quirky Wives and Lovers and Someone to Watch Over Me. Meyer's stated intention was to "get the best players, the best studio and give it a good crack". He's done just that."
Bryan Patterson, Sunday Herald Sun
"Greg Meyer is a swinging vocalist in the manner of Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jnr. He believes "that everything old is becoming new again", and puts himself to the test with some of the classic dance tunes from the big band era, a few ballads and a couple of Latin tunes. He has a good band, with the estimable Bob Johnson doing the conducting and arranging and the Meyer voice is just right for the occasion, so the outcome is assured. Beyond The Sea and Wives And Lovers come over well, with the Adelaide singer, Liz Chehade, joining in on Our Charade. Some admirable soloists here and there including Dave McEvoy on piano, James Muller on guitar and trumpeter Paul Panichi.
Nice one, Greg."
Ron Spain, Jazz Scene Magazine
"This is an excellent album. With Greg's smooth voice it makes it enjoyable to listen to. Every song grooves! Well done Greg - I can't wait for the next album."
"It's rare to hear a CD of this quality. Great performances from the big band with live strings. Nice musical arrangements with Greg's smooth voice sailing over the top."
"This is what the resurrection of the big band sound needs. Integrity!!! This album just shows what can be done when the right people get together. Greg Meyer sounds fantastic and is supported by original and interesting arrangements."
"I love this album. It's one of those rare albums you can listen to cover to cover. Greg Meyer's voice is smooth and lyrical. The band kicks. 10/10..."
"What a great album. Excellent choice of songs showing how versatile Greg Meyer is. His voice is great. Excellent arrangements with a fantastic band. You have to check this album out, it swings its butt off."
"I haven't heard a vocal swing Cd like this from Australia till now. This is real class and so relaxing to listen to. Every tune is great!"
"At last - a really good jazz singer from Australia doing some new interpretations of classic tunes! Can't stop playing it!"
"Greg Meyer's debut CD is amazing! The album is superbly produced and Greg's vocals are up there with the best of the current crop of jazz singers."
"Is FANTASTIC!!! What a great album... so much better than all the other jazz covers albums out there at the moment."
– SANITY MUSIC