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One Dark Day...

by Jonny Fair

"Jonny Fair is an extremely relevant, amazingly gifted & powerfully moving artist whose phenomenal Voice combines with intelligent melodic & lyrical original compositions in the style of folk/jazz-southern swing-early R&B, truly masterful." -Village Voice
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. September Song
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2. One Dark Day, One Dark Woman
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3. Time
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4. Mystery Girl
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5. Autumn Leaves
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6. A Whisper Away
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7. Little Girl Lost
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8. Carnival Cruel
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9. Summerlove
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10. Burial Mountain
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-Jules Fox, author of "The Melody Lingers On... Scenes From The Golden Era Of West Coast Jazz" There are few superlatives to describe the sheer multifaceted artistry & vocal magic of Jonny Fair. He is keenly aware of and relaxed with his audience and surroundings. His dynamic range, phrasing and explosive style are unmatched and his rich and resonating warm vocals are entrancing. Simply put, Jonny's voice lifts up and sings! His soaring raw power and driving force can suddenly and smoothly transition into soothing, sensitive tones with a vast array of alluring vocal shadings and colors that provides the listener with Jonny's own unique style of sensual tease and tantalizingly seductive foreplay. His enchanting presence captivates a crowd, keeping it spell bound and hog tied, truly few are his equal. Jonny's song writing prowess is clearly evident as well, encompassing a broad creative spectrum of vast and compelling meaning. He is sensitive to a piece and its subtleties, its tenor, its tones and style. Whether it be a fun and infectious finger-popping, toe tapping tune or one that is deeply haunting, subdued and sad. Jonny's remarkable interpretation and rendering of a song captures its essence and instantly lends to it genuine credence and class that he translates so exquisitely well from stage to disc. But don't take my word for it, listen for yourself, If you haven't heard him before, you'll soon agree. Thus becoming part of Jonny's rapidly swelling number of fans. I've been so fortunate in my lifetime to have had such close, personal relationships with and represented friends and clients Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionnel Hampton, Billy Eckstein, Dorothy Dandridge, Tommy Dorsey and Perry Como. I've seen many, many stars born and 'The Sender of Song' Jonny Fair, Mr. Xtrordinaire is without a doubt destined for greatness.

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Logan Ryder, THE BEAST

A staggering achievement that showcases a brilliant vocal talent.
Jonny Fair's distinctive name is one almost certainly unrecognizable to THE BEAST's readership, but with the release of his sophomore album "One Dark Day", that will hopefully change. An exclusive interview with the artist provided insight as to his experience with the making of the CD, and the inspiration that colors his songwriting. "The influences behind my music are early southern swing-folk jazz, some early country swamp, blue grass, gospel/spiritual, work songs, Dixieland, classical, Big Band, and a smattering of top 40 from the turn of the century and before, on up to about the early 60's," he said. That eclectic list certainly shows in the majority of his songs, which for sometime had mostly consisted of more obscure works & some American standards. This album is more closely associated with Negro Spirituals, in terms of its mournfull sadness, but is strongly fused with a slight folk/jazz feel. One Dark Day is a staggering achievment, and showcases a brilliant vocal talent. From its opening note, it coveys a sad, but compelling atmosphere, which at times can be deeply unsettling, seductive, and beautifull. Most of the time it is all three, and that perhaps is the CD's greatest gift. The ultimate mood album, it is, in Fair's words "great as either unobtrusive background music turned low, or cold and rainy day, cuddled up in your cozy bed with the covers pulled over your head, nothin' to do, nowhere to go and feeling all introspective listening." Throughout the musical journey Fair hits gorgeous, rich notes that pull the litener deep into his world of "dream-scape like tones with soft choral arrangements." Fair arranged the music and choral parts for the album and Dr. Ephrem Hawkins Sr., who is the long time and highly esteemed conductor of The Fairwinds Chorale conductes the choir with great vituosity and aplomb. The album is an incredibly clear recording. Voice and guitar, with the occasional choral or harmonica accent, are so crisp and thick that after minutes of litening they begin to transcend the senses, drawing the listener into momentary lulls and trances only to be pulled to the surface by a sudden cascade of guitar strings or startling line in the song. Fair's lyrics are insightfull, and colored by lush imagery, vivid in every sense of the word. That lyrical prowess shines on "Mystery Girl", with it's tenderness and surprising, tragic ending. Other standout songs include "Carnival Cruel", a rewritten version of Luis Bonfa's "Manha De Carnaval" which surpasses all prior recordings, one of the catchiest melodies on the disc, "Little Girl Lost", full of tragic lyrical brilliance, and "Burial Mountain" with it's unique timing, mournful feel, and simple, powerfull imagery. Telling listeners of Fair burying his own mothers ashes singing "Summer and Fall, Black Bird call, come back to Lilac, mountain and stream"... Andres Carrasco's guitar work is not to be underestimated. From interesting counterplays with Fair on the song "Time", to the number five track on the album "Autumn Leaves", in which Carrasco (Guitar Romantica, Carrasco Y Carrasco) employs harmonics on a Telecaster guitar to simulate the melancholy fall of leaves, the pair leave listeners breathless. Carrasco describes the experiance: "It was a great collaboration... In developing the songs I had alot of fun with Jonny getting these ideas in his head and having me translate them to the guitar". The perfomances essentially become two voices following one another with interesting and unique timing and beauty. In the studio Carrasco's experiance was a "challenging one... We were looking for that perfect note, that perfect moment, and Jonny is a perfectionist to say the least." Maybe that shared quest for perfection is why Carrasco is Fair's guitarist of choice on all his projects, the search that keeps them on the same page musically. It is indeed a grand experiance to listen to Fair's music, and the labor of love, many of its songs forged from deeply emotional occurrances in Fair's life, does not dissapoint. It is rare to find a recording which maintains quality throughout, and all ten songs featured on the disc would easily be a standout on any other CD. One Dark Day suffers from only two drawbacks, neither of which is accidental. First, it is, as its name suggests, very dark, and often depressing. While it has uplifting moments, it is not accessible as every day listening, and takes a certain mind set or courage even, to listen to. Very much a "grieving" mood CD if ever there was one. Second, Fair's voice is amazing, but restrained heavily on this soft compilation, a power always seeming to ripple under the surface. Both of these small problems that some may have with the album will be remedied with the release of the 'Jonny Fair and The Xtrordinaires with special guests The Jordainaires' album due out Christmas '06'. It promises to illustrate Fair's incomparable vocal range, and his skills in the jazzier, southern swing influenced genres that define the majority of his songs, where his voice thrives. A singer who prides himself on his diction and musical integrity, Jonny Fair may seem to have been born in the wrong era (fortunately for us), but such a talent in any time should be recognized, and with any luck, his will be soon. If not, Fair will be alright. According to him, "It's all about the music, and how I can help serve it's purpose & needs. The music comes first, second and third, although money DOES help!"
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Mark T. Huotari

Jonny Fair is a singers singer. He writes a good song too. Great Depth. Brillian
Top 40 this ain't, & that's just fine with me! I wanted to give this CD a careful assessment, so I LISTENED to IT. As I did, several things came to mind. Right from the opening note ("September Song"), I knew I was in for something unusual. Imediately a strange & seductive environment was created. I wouldn't call it comfortable or intimate; it was more like "I dare you to NOT come in here, but don't get too close". Very cool. That kind of setting reminds me of the film & TV work done by David Lynch & scored by Angelo Badalamenti (e.g. TV-"Twin Peaks", Film-"Blue Velvet"). Some of these songs could work quite well in film. As in the standout song that plays at a pivotal moment in the movie & becomes the song that inspires people to buy the soundtrack. Naturally, Jonny's voice is the main element in establishing the mood. His tone is alluring, yet he still managed to convey unsettling & enigmatic feelings. His harmonica playing is very pretty & complex, and I don't beleive I've ever heard that instrument played so sweetly. I particularly enjoyed the tracks that featured the soft subtleties of The Fairwinds Chorale conducted masterfully by Dr. Ephrem Hawkins Sr. And the beautiful tone & wonderfull performance of Andres Carrasco on guitar kept me in awe. It was interesting to be caught up in such saddness & then these melancholy/bittersweet, interwoven guitars come chimeing in. It brought to it a pleasing & unexpected twist. A point of personal preferance & not to take anything away from this album, but I might have liked it even more if I was provided a wider variety of atmospheres & instrumentation. I think the variety would make the different emotions that much stronger, (singles download? ipod?) But let me say I wouldn't have written this review if I wasn't impressed with this CD. Very good work!!
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Frankie Laine

Jonny my friend, two thumbs up!
"I enjoy listening to Jonny. Not only is he very good but interesting & innovative too, I wish him great success" -Frankie Laine
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Myles S. Rose

Great stuff here!!!! The man can definately sing!!! Two thumbs up!!
Well, first off the acoustic guitar work has somebodies right hand that knows what it is doing. This is actually something rare as everybody always seems to focus on the fretboard and the left hand (generally if they are right handed) but the player on these songs is very articulate. Jonny's voice is pretty spectacular too. He records very well. Maybe the production values and recording techniques also had something of a great person on the board but the fact is, Jonny sounds great. Bottom line here, the material is really good but Jonny's voice is even better. His voice has that smooth and velvet texture at times and that is not easy to come by. I believe that certain vocal attributes can be learned but there are some that you are either born with or not...
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Dawn K

Moving Music... that reaches the soul
Right from the very first listen of this CD, I was a true fan. The album is a bit dark and mysterious, yet very enlightning and inspiring at the same time. I love THE VOICE and the music really moves me... it will move you too. I highly recommend!!!
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Lionel Thomas

Jonny Fair is amazing, incredible, phenominal & remarkable!! Buy this man's musi
The first time I heard Jonny Fair was on a flight back to South Carolina. The pretty woman sitting next to me was listening to Jonny on her cd player & I could hear him through her headphones. After she was through I asked her who she was listening to & she told me Jonny Fair, would you like to listen? I heard his cd twice & remarked to her what a wonderfull voice he has! We discussed his voice & music for the rest of the flight! When I returned home I quickly bought several One Dark Day.. cd's for family & friends. I can't say enough about Jonny Fair, he's just great! Oh & the lady I met on the flight who introduced me to the sounds of Jonny Fair? We exchanged numbers, went out a few times, started dating & are now happily engaged to be married! We plan on playing Jonny's music during the ceremony & at the reception, needless to say he's our favorite singer! Thank You for bringing my fiance & I together Jonny, wherever you are!! Fans for life, Lionel Thomas & Rebecca Townsend.
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Greg Durston

Sweet Tooth
This deep and profoundly somber offering from Mr. Fair brings to the forefront the innate talent of the writer as well as the performer. With the exception of tracks one & five (September Song & Autumn Leaves) the CD is a liturgy of the essence of the gentle, reflective side of the remarkable Jonny Fair. The lyrics are intelligent, multidimensional and provocative.

But I am not satisfied . . . . !

Nearly every cut is a 5 star performance – so why do I only give this exemplary CD a mere 4-star rating? Because it left me wanting, hungry and unfulfilled! And to understand why, you must also understand that I have been a devout Jonny Fair fan for 20 + years, ever since he was just a pup anxious to run with the big dogs through the hills of SoCal. And as of this writing, my passion for the man and his music has grown with the years. What I missed, what I wanted, what I craved and was denied in this latest offering was to be picked up, thrown against the wall and rattled to the core. I am left longing for at least a taste of the exuberant, high energy Jonny Fair that always turns his audience into a finger snapping, toe tapping, fill me with glee and leave me exhausted mass of glutinous humanity. And if you haven’t heard or seen that side of the Fair Experience yet – well, it is nothing short of inspiring. Yes, I get it. I understand the story Mr. Fair is telling here but that doesn’t change the fact that I sat down at a feast and didn’t get desert - - -

THE STEAK WAS GREAST BUT GIVE ME THE DAMN SUGAR, JONNY!

As to the main course …..

At last, the world has the opportunity to hear not only the remarkable voice – but listen to and ponder the spirit of the man as he lays open his soul and spreads before his audience – his music, his lyrics and his unique perspective on the world as he imparts stories ripped from the pages of his very life in the language he speaks best – music. The guy can turn a phrase – there is not doubt. And while it is so easy to allow oneself to drown in the resonance of this consummate vocalist that the lyrics get lost in the awe of the moment – listen, then listen closer. One Dark Day seems to be imparting all the heart aches and pain of a lifetime – a purging if you will. If it were not so well done, if the lyrics did not captivate as well as illustrate the story so vividly, it could have easily failed in the hands of a lesser talent. But this collection rises on the thermals of its own merit. It is worth the listen, and the re-listen and will in the end – cause you to reflect, consider and to think a little, or perhaps a lot.
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