“The context of many songs written and recorded, are composed by people with ‘I’ problems…but not these songs. All of these songs are about you.” – Giacomo Gates

Jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates is blessed with a smooth and supremely expressive baritone voice and an all-inclusive musicality which encompasses a hipster-like coolness, a smattering of vocalese, an Eckstine-like seductiveness, the story telling ability of a griot, a firm footing in the blues and a sense of swing which is second-to-none. His performances can be quiet and full of insight (or innuendo) or be ebullient and joyful. Whatever style Gates may offer – be it sensitive, sensuous or syncopated – he infuses the music with an understated humor, wry cultural and social implications and an impish delight in surprising his listeners. You is a perfect example of Gates at his best with the vocalist putting together a program with a unique and decidedly altruistic leitmotiv. Here are 18 songs everybody knows and loves, arranged with creativity and wit and featuring Gates’ gregarious delivery so that there can be no mistake, “it’s all about you!”

Giacomo Gates – vocals
Tim Ray – piano
John Lockwood – bass
James Lattini – drums

Exactly Like You
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
With Plenty of Money and You
I Didn’t Know About You
The Nearness of You
It Had to Be You
I Thought About You
I Want to Talk About You
I Mean You
P.S. I Love You
Are You Havin’ Any Fun?
I Remember You
You’re Blasé
Everything But You
You’ve Changed
Since I Fell for You
I’ve Got News for You
You Never Miss the Water ‘Till the Well Runs Dry

“Not many people can master this music, but Giacomo Gates has. He’s an important man.” -Jon Hendricks, Sunday NY Times Feature

This unequaled vocalese master is a hipster’s hipster and a story teller’s story teller. He’s Lord Buckley and Professor Irwin Cory by way of Eddie Jefferson and Jon Hendricks. Captivating, entertaining, amusing and oh so musical, this cat is absolutely without equal. No matter where he roams the stage, the reviews are almost always the same… ‘Where did this cat come from? He’s absolutely phenomenal!’ And, when he puts his lyrics to Bird’s solos, the magic really begins.
-Frank Malfitano, Exec. Director, Detroit/Ford Jazz Festival

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