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Featuring Harold Danko, Ray Drummond, Greg Bandy, Vic Juris and Vincent Herring, vocalist Gates presents a set of classics highlighted by his own lyrics and those of King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson and Cole Porter.

''Gates continues to cement his place in the tight coterie of 'main men' of jazz singing. Indeed, he is a standout member of an endangered species. His inventive manifestations reveal his mastery of this niche art form. Not only is he a natural talent, Gates is gifted with the temperament of a purist and a skilled craftsman of a high musical intelligence. Little wonder for the past 8 years his performances have recruited rabid audiences of many stripes.'' - Herb Wong, past-president IAJE.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Origin Records
  • ASIN: B00022FX3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I first heard Giacomo on Jazz with Bob Parlocha. His voice was so smooth and elegant that I decided to purchase this CD. One of the best vocal purchases I have made in 10 years. His phrasing and melodically rich voice is an instrument. It blends with the other instruments to therapeutically message and feed the hunger within for quality jazz. You can't go wrong with this one!
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It is unfortunate that Giacomo Gates is not better known for he is a most talented jazz vocalist. Granted he doesn't have the vocal range of a Kurt Elling but his rich, melliflulous, voice more than compensates. He is a jazz musician thru and thru and his scatting ability is without peer.

This is a swinging album that has become one of my favorites. Would love to see him in concert.
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After discovering his "Blue Skies"CD I Bought this CD "Centerpiece"and found it to be just as good.It is inspiring to discover that jazz singing is still alive and well.This will not be last purchase of this artist.Kevin Zoot
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Terrific vocals as usual! However, the drummer is far too dominant in the mix, and some of his playing unnecessarily detracts from whole performance on several tracks. The rest of the group sound superb. (I am deliberately not naming the players to avoid my biases!)
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