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I Just Want To Get Paid

by Dave Tull

Great songs beautifully sung with a terrific swinging band. Dave Tull is making a name for himself as one of the country's finest, swinging jazz vocalists. With his debut CD he cements that and adds songwriting to his list of talents.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take One Look At Me
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2. I Just Want To Get Paid
5:37 $0.99
3. Where Is All The Rain?
2:57 $0.99
4. The Airplane Song
3:34 $0.99
5. She Loves Me!
3:22 $0.99
6. How Do You Know You're In Love
7:29 $0.99
7. Every Other Day I Have The Blues
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8. If You Hadn't Seen Me There
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9. You're Talkin' Too Loud
4:12 $0.99
10. Quiet Corner
4:03 $0.99
11. The Minutes Pass Like Hours When You Sing
5:23 $0.99
12. I Just Decided To Stay
4:05 $0.99
13. The Second Chance
4:42 $0.99
14. Got To Get Home So I Can See My Children
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Dave Tull

Dave Tull has long been known as a world class jazz and studio drummer. In recent years, however, Dave Tull has been making a name for himself as one of the southland’s finest jazz vocalists. With his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”, Dave’s cements that reputation, and adds songwriting to his list of talents.
Dave has toured the world since 2000 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave’s vocal on Mangione’s “The Children of Sanchez” and his bebop scat vocal on “Dizzymiles” has been featured at hundreds of concerts including The Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl and The Blue Note in New York City.
Singer Cheryl Bentyne (of the Manhattan Transfer) had Dave sing on two tracks of her CD “Moonlight Serenade” (King Records, 2003) including the song “Tull Tales”, so-named because Cheryl was so knocked out by Dave’s scat soloing! Twice Dave has performed with Bentyne for a week at Tokyo’s Cotton Club where he sang a nightly duet with Cheryl on “Blue Moon” as well as a scat solo on “How High the Moon”.
Dave’s many original songs are available on his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”. The songs range from humorous to heartfelt. Put simply, they are standards that have yet to be discovered! Many of Dave’s original songs are tongue in cheek snap shots of moments familiar to the working musician. Dave wrote and arranged the hilarious “I Just Want To Get Paid” which he has performed with The Steve Huffsteter Big Band and The Buddy Childers Big Band as well as the wry “The Airplane Song” which he has performed live with the Les Brown Band.
Dave sang and played drums for several years with The Page Cavanaugh Trio. With Page, Dave was featured singing numerous ballads and also sang on Page’s delightful three-part vocal arrangements.
Chuck Mangione is only one of many bands Dave plays drums for. Dave has played with Jack Sheldon’s Quartet and Big Band since 1991. Dave is on Jack’s 2007 CD, “Listen Up” on Butterfly Records. Dave has played with the Steve Huffsteter Big Band since 1998 and is on Steve’s live CD “Live at Café 322” and on the AIX Records DVD with the band. Dave plays on four of singer Michael Buble’s CD’s including Buble’s notable version of “Moondance”. He is the drummer on five of Cheryl Bentyne’s CD’s including her 2005 release “Let Me Off Uptown” and the brand new “Songs of Our Time” coming out in June 2008 on King Records. Dave is the drummer for the newly formed “LA Jazz Trio” with bassist Kevin Axt and pianist Corey Allen with a CD due out this summer from King Records. He has been a member of The Les Brown Band of Renown since 1999, playing on that band’s CD, “Session 55”. Dave was the drummer for The Steve Allen Big Band and Trio for 5 years and performs regularly with The Paul Smith Trio.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Dave plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Heads and Vic Firth Sticks exclusively.



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Kai Peterson

I hop Dave DOES get paid!!!
This album came as surprise to me: Someone had forwarded a video link of Dave Tull singing "I Just Want To Get Paid" to me and since I am a singer myself and always interested what other artist do I checked it out and found myself not only in awe for the musicianship but also laughing out loud.
So I went ahead and bought this album as download and - for my father who is a jazz singer but a little older (69) - on CDbaby. And I was very pleasantly surprised how wonderful the whole album is. There is whit, and pizazz and feeling along with great big band arrangements and swinging trio sounds. And Dave Tull's vocal skills are serious!
All in all more than worth the money and I am looking forward to his next album - with more big band stuff I hope :)

Alisha Marie Ard

Every musician will "get it"!
I got to hear an advance copy of this before it's CD Baby release, and can brag that I was the first person to buy it! When it came in the mail I played it 2 or three times straight through. Such good songs! Very clever! And Dave's voice is fantastic! I'm reminded of Kurt Elling.

Check it out! For sure you won't be disappointed!

Kathy McCullough

Great jazz and great lyrics
This is for fans of witty jazz tunes like those by Dave Frishberg, but also fans of pure jazz trios. You can love these tunes for the music alone, but if you listen close to several of them, you will soon be laughing out loud. They are all catchy. I have recommended this CD to others.

Patrice Mackey

Great vocals, fun songs and tight accompaniment...
When an old friend from high school asks you to check out his new album, of course you say..."of course". Knowing Dave's background as a drummer I didn't know what to expect from his first full album outing as both songwriter and vocalist. I was more than pleasantly surprised at the result.

I know there is always a danger of being accused of hyperbole when one invokes the name of well-known artists when describing the aspects of a new artist, however, it CAN be helpful in putting into context for folks reading a review what the artist is reminiscent of.

That being said, there are three artists that come to mind when I was listening to "I Just Want To Get Paid": Dave Frishberg, Joe Williams and Chet Baker. Not that Tull sounds particularly like any of the above, but more that there are certain qualities in both his voice, phrasing and songwriting that echo aspects of the above artists.

Now Frishberg,Williams and Baker are very disparate talents with different strong suits. I hear echoes of Frishberg's humours lyrics in the Tull's lighthearted tunes...Williams in a lot of the phrasing and some of the texture of his voice...(a YOUNG Williams, I should add...). And as for Baker...well there is a tendency amongst many singers, especially those of a pop variety (and PARTICULARLY ones who don't have strong vocal skills) to only present their voice in the most polished states, or awash in layers of sound that obfuscate their voices to the point that they all sound the same....Britney sounds like x sounds like y....the voices are indistinct and barely recognizable. With Tull's slower tempo songs, his distinct voice comes through, especially in the soft higher notes, with an honesty that is reminiscent of Baker.

In "How do you know you're in love" I was struck by the sense that the song was written by a musician...specifically an instrumentalist....the vocal lines are written more like a sax solo than a vocal.
The music and singing on the entire album is just ..tight. Every track sounds just perfect...and intimate...which suits Tull's voice, because, ultimately, it is a voice that is comfortable...one you enjoy hearing whether it's belting out an up-tempo song, or in it's intimate version singing "Where is all the rain".

If there is room for improvement, it's slight. Some of the song later on in the album border on sounding a little repetative of earlier pieces, but this is really only a minor issue.

Overall, this is an excellent album which will be appreciated by hard-core jazz officianados as well as the casual listener. It offers both beautiful ballads and humorous 'slice-of life' odes to the life of a working musician.


I Just Want To Get Paid
Please don't compare this exemplary singer to someone like Kurt Elling! Dave Tull sings 'in tune', his pitch is flawless and perfect (I know, I'm being redundant.) but to hear a man sing with such a sweet quality is a rarity to say the least. I suspect that most of the bands Dave has worked with, pay him with little or no arguement. He keeps good time and sings in pitch, what more could a band leader ask for.