Torme, Steve March: Inside/Out

Torme, Steve March SKU: 24877404
Torme, Steve March: Inside/Out

Torme, Steve March: Inside/Out

Torme, Steve March SKU: 24877404

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Title: Inside/Out
Artist: Torme, Steve March
Label: CD Baby
UPC: 884501144957
Genre: Rock

QUOTES: 'I just listened to Steve March Torme's new CD 'Inside/Out'. I've heard Steve's jazz stuff over the years and have always been impressed with his grasp of how to pull off that very difficult music. He makes it sound easy. This CD has the man doing original stuff and applying his jazz chops to his own music and it works really well. The playing on the record, especially Gary Herbig's always great woodwind performances, is top of the line; I've always loved Gary's sound so it was no surprise when I looked and saw his name. The thing that nailed me most is the creativity of the progressions themselves and how he sings/plays through very new changes effortlessly. The lyrics are very personal and sometimes even humorous. I could go on but the cutting room floor has enough of my BS on it already. Listen to this album. You'll like it.' Bill ---Bill Champlin (Singer/writer/musician, SONS OF CHAMPLIN, CHICAGO) 'With 'inside/out', Steve March Torme displays a golden voice and a lyric sensitivity that combine with the easy flow of a natural story-teller and an ability to navigate a wide range of pop and jazz genres.' ---Laurence Juber (Multi- Grammy Award winning guitarist/composer, Paul McCartney's WINGS) 'This guy is a chip off the old block, only hipper. The vocals are great, the arrangements are very cool and almost 'Steely Dan 'ish'.' I love 'Say It Ain't So.' Who knew? I knew this guy could pitch but I didn't know he could hit it out of the park. This is a great record!' ---Fee Waybill (Songwriter/Lead singer of THE TUBES) Steve has been a good friend for over 25 years. We've worked together on all kinds of music and I've performed with Steve on numerous occasions. Inside/Out is his best work yet. His singing is more assured than ever and he has created a style that suggests and develops rather than imitates. As always, Steve's lyrics are clever and evocative and touch on familiar subjects in quite refreshingly new ways. The playing on this record is, of course, first rate; you'll hear some of LA's finest session musicians. A well-deserved five stars. ---Brad Cole (keyboardist/arranger, PHIL COLLINS, GINO VANNELLI, STEPHEN BISHOP) 'I simply want to say that 'inside/out' is a marvelous example of a truly artistic endeavour that I am thrilled to be a part of! ' ---Gary Herbig (BILLBOARD MAGAZINE TOP-TEN SAXOPHONIST) 'STEVE MARCH TORME has a voice that already makes the birds sing, and combined with his writing on this great CD, takes you to one of those lovely, sunny places you don't want to leave. Like a book you can't put down, or a smile you don't want to stop looking at!!. Really beautiful!!' ---Liane Carroll (British pianist/vocalist) RONNIE SCOTTS AWARD and DOUBLE BBC JAZZ AWARD WINNER 'Wonderful songwriting combined with brilliant production and performances make this one of my favourite albums of the year. I also have to say that the track 'A Different Time' is now one of my all time favourite songs. I had the pleasure of working with Steve in England for 3 nights and I heard him perform this song each night - Incredible! Check out some of his big band stuff as well - the guy can swing!' ---Elliott Henshaw (British drummer for SHIRLEY BASSEY, DEEP PURPLE, PAUL ANKA, THE DRIFTERS, KEELY SMITH and the ELLIOTT HENSHAW BAND, amongst others) 'Really enjoyed your new release, especially Smoke in the Dark, He is Me, a Different Time....well, all of it. Also thought John and Valerie was a strange and interesting song--almost an Outer Limits episode running through your head when you listen to it. The autobiographical themes in the songs also work well with my own sentiments and sense of passing time. Fine lyrics and tunes, nice instrumental work and of course great vocals.' ---Peter Egan (Road & Track Magazine Editor at Large and fellow musician) 'I'm a former drummer and a fan of big bands, so Steve March Torme had me hooked with the sonorous Swing Era riffs in So Far, where he demonstrated beyond doubt his vocal bona fides. But with Inside/Out, he's also established a crystalline mastery of piano, synthesizer, and acoustic guitar. This is a tight, taut, trim, and tidy exercise in advanced musicianship, simultaneously soothing, touching, and wondrously worldly. It's unfair that one body is inhabited by so many skills.' ---John Phillips III (Car & Driver Magazine Editor at Large and fellow musician) SO, HERE'S THE SKINNY: To paraphrase the late Paul Harvey, welcome to the rest of the story. I feel I've been fortunate to be able to sing, write, and perform in a few different styles, while staying true to what I believe to be my own musical integrity. Even though my natural father Mel (I only use that phrase to distinguish him from my stepfather Hal) had an obvious genetic influence on my musicality and even though I enjoy singing "jazz" per se and at times writing in that arena, my musical influences and the artists and writers I've been a fan of since I was a kid, almost all come from the "pop" or "blue-eyed soul" vein. Like millions of other kids who had an early interest in music, the first time I heard and saw The Beatles, the light bulb really lit up and I knew that that was the kind of music I wanted to listen to and eventually write and perform. As I got into my teen years and twenties, I became a big fan of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Sons of Champlin, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers and especially Todd Rundgren, just to name a few. Besides their use of harmony and rhythm, all of these artists seem to emphasize melody in their writing and I believe that's why when we hear their songs on the radio, new and old, they evoke certain feelings and memories that are indelible. Though Todd Rundgren has publicly stated that he could write a catchy, hook filled pop song any time he wanted to, the rest of we mortals have to work a little harder at it. His best songs in my opinion are the ones that have unexpected, melodic left turns combined with completely unique hooks, beautifully placed passing chords and some of the simply best written bridges in pop music history. Can you tell that I've been a fan? I've tried to emulate some of those traits in certain songs of mine. It's been very interesting and challenging to find a balance between the two worlds, performing and singing "standards" or what are commonly referred to as songs from the "Great American Songbook" and following my earliest musical instincts. Being the son of Mel Tormé and being compared to him before people even hear me sing brings it's own set of challenges but I've always welcomed and met those. Right before my mom passed away in December of 2005, she gave each of her five kids a modest cash gift to do with whatever we pleased and she told me specifically to spend it on something I wouldn't normally buy for myself, not to spend it on paying bills. I bought my first what I call my "Ferrari" of instruments, a Martin acoustic guitar, model OM-42 Quilted Maple II. It was the prettiest and best sounding guitar in Henri's Music store in Appleton, Wisconsin (and believe me, it was surrounded by a number of other high-end, beautifully made guitars). Two days before the birth of my second daughter Sunny, I wrote the song "Of A Child" about my newborn. My mom didn't get to meet Sunny because of her failing health coinciding with Sunny's due date but I know that the guitar, that song, and my daughter were meant to be connected. I then decided to take the next two years to write my first all original album (we didn't have CDs when I wrote the first one 30 years ago) since my LP "Lucky" back in 1977. I've been working with my friend and musical director Steve Rawlins as a collaborator for the last few years and he and I co-wrote a number of the tunes on my first two "jazz" CDs. I wanted his input as an arranger, not to mention a second set of ears for the new project but I told him before I started that every note and lyric of this new CD would be written by me. As much as I'm

1.1 A Night at the Zoo
1.2 Say It Ain't So
1.3 Smoke in the Dark
1.4 More Than Gone
1.5 Of a Child
1.6 He Is Me
1.7 In the Blink of An Eye
1.8 Una Noche en Majorca
1.9 John and Valerie
1.10 Stranger Birds Do Fly
1.11 Love Street
1.12 A Different Time

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