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  • 16 Oct 2012 - 100 Club October 13 - UK -|- Ray Gelato
    of Sinatra Bennet and Prima and with his Italiano Americano Big Band Gangster Jazz Band at full pelt it felt like a Scorsese movie Dressed in sharp suits the band thundered through two sets of fantastic music mainly classics with a few songs penned by Ray himself The brilliant horn section made up of Andy Rogers trombone Danny Marsden trumpet and Olly Wilby saxophone showed that their talent went beyond the brass supplying some playful call and response backing vocals The double bass player Oli Hayhurst and amazing stand in drummer Tony were on fire together creating smoking hot rhythms and driving the energy of the band Completing the seven piece line up was the talented and ever smiling jazz pianist Gunther Kurmayr tickling the ivories with great gusto We have a saying in the business It swings like F k You can t help but grin broadly and tap away with your leg Unless of course you fancy jumping up and dancing as plenty did Ray Gelato The Giants are a bunch of tight and highly skilled musicians full of energy and it s a bloody good fun night out if you re hungry for a healthy slice of

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  • 21 Dec 2011 - The Times review Ronnie Scott's 2011 - UK -|- Ray Gelato
    revs up on that old stand by Airmail Special His jokes may lack Melly s patina of worldly sophistication he is more Wheeltappers Shunters than Chelsea Arts Club yet Gelato s festive residency has deservedly become an institution in its own right The jazz temple becomes a Vegas lounge for a night or two Not many bandleaders have a cookbook to flog as well Gelato cheerfully plugs his Cookin with Ray tome pays cheesy musical homage to that Soho landmark Bar Italia and smuggles a reference to Nigella Lawson into his exuberant vocals on My Kind of Girl As for the swing recipes Louis Prima s legacy remains the prime ingredient although the drummer Sebastiaan de Krom gets the opportunity to channel the spirit of Dizzy Gillespie with demure lead vocals on the novelty love song Ooh Shoobie Doobie Playing the role of sidekick for a change Gelato supplied the necessary pinch of vaudeville Compact but endlessly versatile the immaculately drilled Giants matched him through every change of gear Another of his old favourites the keening instrumental version of Night Train evoked the gritty R B of Earl Bostic It s tough to play that one now sighed the grey

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  • 3 Jun 2011 - Retrospective Magazine review of Hey Boy Hey Girl - USA -|- Ray Gelato
    rhythm makes you pick your head up and the playful vocal banter is satisfying This framing track is also used to close the album in like manner implicitly allowing the listener to perceive the recording as not only an album but as an act This energy flows right into I ve Got You Under My Skin played at an equivocal breakneck pace that keeps the energy level high but doesn t rush the intent or content of the lyrics or their emotive delivery from the singers This is also true of That Old Black Magic which completely evokes the ghosts of Prima Smith in a convincing pleasing manner You re Just in Love walks playfully in to smooth out the energy with a driving cymbal opening provided by Sebastiaan de Krom allowing Kai to pose the symptoms of her relative romantic condition and Ray to provided the synchronistic diagnosis as the brass and the energy build to a vocal harmony stirred in amorously fun lyrics Cold Cold Heart shows off the inflective skills of Kai Hoffman allowing them to swing and show a reflective view on love Ray matches her with ease gives a great sax solo and allows a nice showcase for the piano styling of Gunther The Baron Kurmayr Some of the tracks find a sleepier dreamier sort of mood The quieter Under a Blanket of Blue allows for pensive reflection provides the bass work of Chamberlain and Hayhurst a chance to shine provides Ray with a smoky sax solo and creates a lovely slow dance jazz moment They all Laughed and The Lady is A Tramp both engender similar emotions They All Laughed having a slower warm reflection and The Lady is a Tramp with hot jazz bass licks as the familiar lyrics delivered with certainty and

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  • 3 Jun 2011 - Retrospective Magazine review - Salute to the Great Entertainers - USA -|- Ray Gelato
    resemble that of Italian crooners from the 60 s but it probably adds to or explains his continued popularity in Italy in general Your Feet s too Big swings comfortably and has that Neo Swing jump blues feel and sound to it dominated by horns and Ray s conversational vocals It s hard to imagine a bigger more theatrical entertainer and musician than Cab Calloway who Ray Gelato represents on this album with The Jumpin Jive and in true Cab fashion has a call and response dialogue with his band threads the needle with his sax and allows some great horn play from the rest of his band ensemble This track is highly danceable and is sure to be picked up by the ballroom crowd for jives or quicksteps as the trends may go On the Sunny Side of the Street is a fitting and purposeful tribute to the great Louis Prima an artist whose vocals I would compare to Gelato s Ray paces this track as Prima would and his riffing and scat style are right in sync with the show stopping legend Once again this track is great for fans of jazz sax with a jump blues bounce I m in the Mood for Love further underlines Gelato s understandable preference and reverence for Prima s phrasing and pacing This track swings hard is well conceived with nice framing from the drums and more great horn work Ray Gelato s take on Lionel Hampton s perennial swing favorite Flying Home showcases all of his band admirably but fans of the classic track may find this rendition a little bluesier than what they re used to and to be fair the arrangement is replacing an xalaphone with saxplay it s going to sound different The tune bounces with energy and vigor Don t You Go Away Mad is dedicated to the great Ella Fitzgerald and Ray performs the song with a sound more reminiscent of small jazz ensembles with a bit of lounge swank The horns though very much a part of the arrangement come across more in line with nightclub jazz than the harder jump feel that Ray is more notably associated with This reviewer s pick as a fun standout track is Boulevard of Broken Dreams Ray Gelato s love letter to the great Tony Bennett In his own liner notes Gelato points out why he chose to perform it as a sax highlight rather than attempt to compete with Tony s superlative vocals on the classic song The instrumental that Ray Gelato creates is something worthy of a 50 s or 60 s jukebox with all the kick of Comanche and all of the reflective quiet of Sleepwalk There is certainly more here to discuss Ray gives a reflective tip of the hat to Hoagy Carmichael with a sax rendition of Stardust worthy of a mood setting moment in a movie all instrumentation and equally assignable to several of the individuals being paid tribute on the

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  • 10 Mar 2011 - Blues and Soul review of Hey Boy! Hey Girl! - UK -|- Ray Gelato
    Live Dates Shop Gallery History Blog Reviews Videos Ray s Recipes Contact News 10 Mar 2011 Blues and Soul review of Hey Boy Hey Girl UK Back

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  • 24 Apr 2009 - Great Entertainers Review JazzWise - UK -|- Ray Gelato
    Live Dates Shop Gallery History Blog Reviews Videos Ray s Recipes Contact News 24 Apr 2009 Great Entertainers Review JazzWise UK Back

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  • 20 Apr 2009 - Jazz UK Cookin' with Ray: Review - UK -|- Ray Gelato
    Live Dates Shop Gallery History Blog Reviews Videos Ray s Recipes Contact News 20 Apr 2009 Jazz UK Cookin with Ray Review UK Back

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  • 22 Feb 2009 - The Sunday Times New Cd Review - UK -|- Ray Gelato
    Live Dates Shop Gallery History Blog Reviews Videos Ray s Recipes Contact News 22 Feb 2009 The Sunday Times New Cd Review UK Back

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