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As the blue smoke clears the nightclub, the voices of countless singers blend into the Chicago night. The singer collects his charts and has the evening's first drink. He pays the band, books another date and wishes that he had sung "My Romance." The singer is Phil Kidder. The club is Pops For Champagne and this CD, "Simple Pleasures" is his recording debut on Southport.
Each artist brings to life's table a collection of emotions, stories and influences. Phil Kidder was born in Chicago on the "rough" side of town. Within the newness of youth he moved from a troubled family to the open clear blue sky plains of the Southwest-New Mexico. Phil got his physical discipline from track and field, competing in the state finals on several occasions. Even though jazz was not a part of his musical youth he would listen to top 40, R&B and country swing bands.
Recently Phil has been working out at America's oldest and only champage bar/nighclub and cabaret-Pops on North Sheffield in Chicago. His Friday after work sets have built a large and local following. "Simple Pleasures", the recording debut for Mr. Kidder traces the many influences that have formed the essence of this life.
This is a gentle record. One singer and two amazing guitarists. Chicago guitar man Dave Onderdonk has many albums and CD's out as both a leader and sideman. You can hear him on his own Southport CD with percussionist/drummer Mark Walker-"Loose Contact" (S-SSD-0019). He can also be heard as part of Blue Note artist Fareed Haque's recent release. Guitarist John Paris, who holds down the amplified guitar role on this CD just released a CD with Chicago vocalist Miss Midori as a part of her Jazz Inquisition ensemble (S-SSD-0058). He is a part of the youthful new generation players that are emerging on the Chicago scene at the end of this century. Band Members: Phil Kidder, Vocals and arrangements; Dave Onderdonk, Acoustic guitar; John Paris, electric guitar.
|1. Old Devil Moon (4:36)|
|2. The Touch Of Your Lips (2:52)|
|3. My Foolish Heart (6:59)|
|4. How High The Moon (3:07)|
|5. Another You (2:58)|
|6. Body And Soul (4:34)|
|7. All The Things You Are (3:26)|
|8. The gentle Rain (4:14)|
|9. Long Ago And Far Away (3:03)|
|10. Blue Reprise (:30)|
|11. My Favorite Things (3:31)|
|12. Blue Out (:44)|