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All Things In Time

by Dennis Day

An invigorating global musical foray, fusing jazz, blues, be-bop, and ballads from the Great American Song Book into a timeless vocal/instrumental classic interpreted by a world-class ensemble.
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1. Caravan
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2. African Musing
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3. Sister Sadie
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4. Everything Must Change
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5. Trouble down Here Below
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6. You Are Too Beautiful
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7. Taking A Chance On Love
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8. Hallelujah, I Love Her So!
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9. Desfinado
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10. The Trolley Song- Get Me To Church
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11. Blues Medley
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12. Who Can I Turn To
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DENNIS DAY-All Things in Time

When a vocalist, particularly an African-American male singer, is confident enough to record songs so strongly associated with Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams, Nat “King” Cole, and Sammy Davis, Jr., you question his bravado and wait to listen to the result of such audacity.

Dennis Day is not afraid of the challenge, and if he doesn’t completely wrest the tunes from their progenitors, he puts his unique stamp and vibrato on a few of these standards from the American songbook.

What stands out most with this Harlem-based singer is his versatility. Day’s pleasant baritone, with dollops of second-tenor silkiness, is as warm and inviting on ballads as it is bouncy and exciting on the up-tempo tunes. From the opening, “Caravan,” you have embarked on a global excursion of melodies with touches of Brazil, Africa, the Mississippi Delta, London, and delightful forays into those evergreens of Tin Pan Alley.

On “All Things in Time,” his first jazz CD, Day is backed by some of the finest musicians one can summon, including pianist Danny Mixon, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Joey Morant, pianist John DiMartino, and vibist Stefon Harris. Day’s version of “Everything Must Change” is a perfect showcase for his range and interpretive skills, and together with the obbligato from the flutist Cleave Guyton, the song provides an irresistible charm that moves the listener to a wistful and tender comfort zone. Cue the lovers!

The lovers will also welcome Day’s lilting sway on “Desafinado” and his mellifluous swing on “Taking a Chance on Love,” which is accentuated by his choice of some rarely sung lyrics. In these songs, texture, sensitivity, and lyrical interpretation combine, affirming that, indeed, old wine in new kegs can indeed prove savory, even after scores of covers. Hopefully the jazz gods smile approvingly. Day’s passion for words is no surprise for a musician who is also a very fine writer and whose byline used to grace the pages of New York City’s Amsterdam News.

But Day should not even think about banging out those articles anymore. By putting those words to music, he has truly found his métier as well as his meter, whether on novelty tunes like his haunting original ballad “African Musing” or on the folkloristic cover, “Trouble Down Here Below.”

After the lovers have expended their romantic inclinations, Day has a few spirited numbers to get them to resume their romp around the globe, but they had better hurry, because the singer is a veritable will o’ wisp on “The Trolley Song,” which segues neatly into “Get Me to the Church on Time,” attenuated by the ebullient, high-energy be bop staccato musings of Ellington orchestra alumnus trumpeter James Zollar.

Day’s “Blues Medley” treatment echoes deep roots in Chicago and southern musical influences. Framed by his relaxed, lyrical style, the song is accented with stellar blues riffs of veteran guitarist Melvin Sparks and capped by a foot-stompin’ piano solo from Danny Mixon.

This repertoire of jazz and blues is a veritable potpourri, shifting in mood, timbre, and musical intensity. Bright moments and surprising musical departures are in full play in Day’s melodious presentation of narratives. The Horace Silver classic “Sister Sadie” offers a buoyant playfulness captured by the masterful sliding moans and wails of New Orleans trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. The facile trumpet solos of Joey Morant, an alumnus of Ray Charles’ band, complete the blues segments of the CD. Pianist John Miller, an early musical director in Day’s inaugural New York City-based groups, adds tasteful accompaniments on old favorites like “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and he and the soulful sax of Jason Curry ably embellish the standard “You Are Too Beautiful.”

Other notable musicians rounding out Day’s jazz recording debut include bassist Lisle Atkinson, who provides a lilting bass solo on the ballad “Who Can I Turn To,” bassist Eric Lemon, and Latin percussionist Willie Martinez. Versatile drummer Earl Grice appears on all 12 tracks, ensuring that “All Things in Time” stays in time.

Yes, Day’s debut jazz CD pays homage to those singers he admires. But this is his moment, and it’s a good chance this isn’t the last time we’ll hear from him. How about “Night and Day?” Now, there’s a tune that fits him to a tee, one he can really turn to.

Dennis Day’s New CD by Herb Boyd (Special to the Amsterdam News)
Vol 99 No. 20 May 8 – May 14, 2008, New York, New York

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Chris Clark

All Things in Time
Dennis Day's smooth, driving album proves again that the human voice is first among jazz instruments. Dennis had me swaying and foot-tapping from the first bar--this is jazz that moves you.
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Mikayla Gilbreath - AllAboutJazz.com columnist

All Things In Time
One look at the cover of Dennis Day’s latest release "All Things In Time," and it’s easy to see that here’s a man who wears his emotions right out front where they can easily be observed, a man whose face can’t hide the joy that music has instilled in him. And once you begin listening to his new CD it’s quickly apparent that this first impression is perfectly accurate.

"All Things In Time" is just what you would expect from such a man, easy going, easy listening, and sure to put a smile on your face. His apt treatment of such classics as “Caravan” and “Here I Go Again” reflect his own heartfelt interpretation while still clearly respecting the original renditions. His scatting on “Caravan” seems completely comfortable and at times sounds very much like another instrument, rather than a human voice. Day’s joyful delivery on “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So!” makes you want to jump up, wave your arms in the air, and do a little dance.

Day is skillfully accompanied on this CD by pianist Danny Mixon, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Joey Morant, pianist John DiMartino, flutist Cleave Guyton, and vibist Stefon Harris. "All Things In Time" is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romp down memory lane.
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Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Excellent jazz album that includes bebop, ballads, and blues
Vocalist Dennis Day puts a contemporary twist on many jazz classics and standards with “All Things In Time.” He covers many styles within the jazz idiom including bebop, ballads, and the blues. Day is backed by a tremendously talented cast of musicians, providing both wonderful solos and support throughout. The album opens with a spirited rendition of Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol’s “Caravan,” which features scat singing from Day reminiscent of the great Al Jarreau. Day continues with a bouncy, swinging version of Horace Silver’s classic “Sister Sadie,” which is highlighted by great work from trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. “Everything Must Change” provides a gentler, tender moment, with a soulful Day singing over fine accompaniment from the pianist and flutist, with swirling brushes provided by the drummer. Another definite highlight is the “Blues Medley,” which includes a grooving version of “Stormy Monday.” Dennis Day covers many styles and presents a strong offering to the fan of jazz standards, blues, and bebop with “All Things In Time.”
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RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Dennis Day a GrIndie Award for their CD "All Things In Time." A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy's stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.
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Midwest Record Recap Reviews

All Things in Time
DENNIS DAY/All Things in Time: Aye, laddie, no old-time Irish tenor here. This jazz singer doesn’t even feature anything in Jack Benny’s sidekick’s key, even when the songs come from that era. He tackles a daunting breadth of iconic songs. While he does a bang-up job, he won’t make you forget the originals – but this isn’t the kind of bravado performance that is geared to make you do anything but enjoy the original and this version as well. Dennis Day is a stylish vocalist who has the passion and the chops to sell a great song without leveling himself to comparisons. (D Day Media Records)
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Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

All Things in Time
Vocalist Dennis Day puts a contemporary twist on many jazz classics and standards with “All Things in Time.” He covers many styles within the jazz idiom including bebop, ballads, and the blues. Day is backed by a tremendously talented cast of musicians, providing both wonderful solos and support throughout. The album opens with a spirited rendition of Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol’s “Caravan,” which features scat singing from Day reminiscent of the great Al Jarreau. Day continues with a bouncy, swinging version of Horace Silver’s classic “Sister Sadie,” which is highlighted by great work from trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. “Everything Must Change” provides a gentler, tender moment, with a soulful Day singing over fine accompaniment from the pianist and flutist, with swirling brushes provided by the drummer. Another definite highlight is the “Blues Medley,” which includes a grooving version of “Stormy Monday.” Dennis Day covers many styles and presents a strong offering to the fan of jazz standards, blues, and bebop with “All Things In Time.”
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Len Pringle Sr. Photographer/Filmmaker, Los Angeles, Ca

All Things in Time
This a great CD and marvelous vocal work! Dennis is a real vocalist, who never sits on the sideline with his talent. He challenges himself to bring the very best in each and every note he delivers.
He is a "True Artist" that can blend many styles together and yet be unique in a sea, where so many sound the same. Dennis delivers these jazz classics in a "smooth way" that pleases your ear and beckons for more and more! He's a real treasure! This CD is a must have of his latest work!
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