Patrick Rydman | I Will Do It

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I Will Do It

by Patrick Rydman

Poetic singer/songwriter jazz with strong pop sentiments and a little bit of circus. Raised on pop songs and tunes from the Great American Songbook, the resulting mix is Patrick's own: melodic, personal, groovy, intimate and full of variation.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Heartache On the Side
3:34 $0.99
2. Walking in Our Sleep
3:41 $0.99
3. Flying Angel
4:06 $0.99
4. When You're Not Around
4:01 $0.99
5. Don't Try to Find Her
3:29 $0.99
6. Foghorn Conversation
4:38 $0.99
7. The Game
4:39 $0.99
8. Only the Devil
5:09 $0.99
9. Overnight Sensation
3:19 $0.99
10. Still Alive
3:47 $0.99
11. Tomorrow
4:49 $0.99
12. I Will Do It
4:06 $0.99
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Pop with jazzy, a sometimes slightly melancholic touch, but also with humor within reach. Patrick Rydman belongs to the rare kind of singers that merges jazz with other genres in a completely natural and magnificent manner. Born and raised outside of Gothenburg, Patrick Rydman is a rare occurence on the Swedish music scene: A male jazz singer of the younger generation who furthermore writes his own material. His music sounds like “poetic singer/songwriter jazz with strong pop sentiments and a little bit of circus”, according to Patrick himself. Influenced by songwriters like Bacharach, Jobim, Paddy McAloon, Bill Withers and Joni Mitchell, raised on pop songs and tunes from the Great American Songbook, the resulting mix is Patrick’s own: melodic, personal, groovy, intimate and full of variation. Patrick has been seen and heard on the Swedish music and theater scene in a multitude of groups, projects and productions. He is a singing, composing and arranging member of the vocal ensemble Amanda with numerous shows in Sweden and abroad and two Swedish Grammy nominations to their credit. He has produced and written songs for other artists, worked as a theater musician, composed for the stage and radio, sung Burt Bacharach-hits in the cult show The Missing Fortnight and been featured vocal soloist with Bohuslän Big Band on several occasions. Apart from his original material, he has sung a large part of the Great American Songbook, where he has collaborated extensively with piano player Anders Persson (who has played with Toots Thielemans, Jim Beard and Viktoria Tolstoy to name but a few) having as a guiding light the classic recordings of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. 50's, 60's and 70's soul, pop and rock n' roll hits and contemporary classics are also part of his vast repertoire.The jazz influence originally comes from his father who was a talented amateur musician and an avid be-bop listener. Originally starting with the trumpet (which he still plays from time to time, including on his own recordings), Patrick moved on to the drums and in his later teens started focusing on his singing. I Will Do It is his debut as a solo artist.


Not only the cover of I Will Do It oozes nostalgia. When you open the cover there is a black CD that looks like vinyl, where you can even see the "tracks". Very neatly done. Patrick Rydman makes his solo debut with this record, but his musical track listing is long. He is for example a member of the Amanda vocal ensemble and has also been singing with Bohuslän Big Band, which shows the scope of his artistry. This is also mirrored in the album which offers a mix of jazz, pop and singer/songwriter with a light retro feel. He sings with natural pathos in a row of original songs that have a pleasing straightforwardness to them. Among others, Fabian (keyboards) and Josef Kallerdahl (bass), who otherwise can be heard in MusicMusicMusic, are playing on the recording. In other words, musicians who can really stretch it. The CD feels very genuine and appealing. With this mature debut he blows many much more merited gentlemen away. It is for real and full of life straight through.

It's hard to not smile cosily when listening to Patrick Rydman for the first time. He manages to touch some kind of nostalgic string that reaches from today via easy listening and Burt Bacharach down to some early fusion of jazz and blues that can only melt one's senses. It's a little of the 60's, it's a little kitsch, sure, you can't get away from that. It's a little "Music to watch girls by", to quote Andy Williams, without it being present at all; hardly even the spirit of it, but I still can't escape the reference. For understandable reasons, when you hear it. Patrick Rydman is experienced, despite this being his solo debut. As a prominent member of groups like Amanda and Slabang. And sure, one notices the experienced craft; it is at times almost sophisticated, it is beautiful and it is soft in that..., well, attractive way. And first and foremost, he manages to avoid those obvious pitfalls when approaching the soft-jazz domains of Svante Thuresson, and on top of that avoids them with discreet ease. Nice.

Groovy and laid back, he is walking the streets of Gothenburg or other big cities, hangs in bars and cafés, dances the bossa nova and back beat blues and sits and ponders lost love.
Many of the songs bear clear traces of Burt Bacharch, in others it sounds like Bo Kaspers (Swedish pop/jazz band) and in some one can associate to the later works of Elvis Costello.
Patrick Rydman… makes his debut with only original material, is the lead vocalist and plays the trumpet.
Pretty much all the tracks are strong melodies that grow on you after a couple of listens. "Only the Devil", "Overnight Sensation" and the title track "I Will Do It" are my favorites.
This is music for concentrated listening, with lyrics worth considering, but works equally well in the background with good food, a little romance and lit candles.

Patrick has a smooth, characteristic voice, in which influences from Jamie Cullum and others, even Frank Sinatra, can be traced. He is a skillfull entertainer and credibly interprets his melodic, slightly jazzy tunes to an excellent background with the brothers Fabian and Josef Kallerdahl (MusicMusicMusic) in the forefront. The material is soft spoken and varied and works perfectly… A strong debut!

With influences from Jamie Cullum, Michael Franks and Paddy McAloon, the singer Patrick Rydman steps onto the Swedish jazz scene. He does it with an impressive effortlessness. Together with other Gothenburg musicians like Fabian and Josef Kallerdahl, Lisen Rylander et al, Rydman delivers his music, original jazzy pop, or poppy jazz. The lyrics are sensitive and slightly melancholic, like in Foghorn Conversation or The Game. The elegant “jazz-cat”-streak is also present, like in Overnight Sensation. I like this record. It’s more than cocktail jazz.

I Will Do It is Patrick Rydman's debut CD. It's a varied album with ingredients from several different styles, but the basis is jazz with a pop signature, where we can find earlier greats like for instance Tony Bennett and contemporaries like Harry Connick Jr, Jamie Cullum and Diana Krall. What Patrick presents here is tranquil, smooth and melancholy and finds its place in the smoky jazz club rather than on the big concert arena. With the jazz hat on, the CD is also a nice fusion of different styles; from blues, pop, jazz to soul. Melodies faithful to the genres as well as more experimental ones.

Talented Gothenburg-based singer presents a more mature Jamie Cullum-style: popbluesjazzsinatraretro in the shape of a bunch of smart original tunes, plus lyrics sprinkled with witty expressions and turns of phrases. Patrick Rydman deals with stompy stuff and ballads with equal finesse and jazz feeling. He is accompanied by very competent players.

Patrick Rydman is well worth discovering!



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Shaun H. and the RadioIndy Reviewer Team

Smooth Jazz/Pop CD
Singer/songwriter Patrick Rydman takes listeners on a journey through the years of classic jazz and delves into the Great American Songbook genre as well. Although he does stick with traditional jazz form, Rydman separates himself from being pinned as just a jazz artist by layering pop voicing over his music on the new album “I Will Do It.” One fine example of this is the song “Flying Angel,” which could easily be heard on any adult contemporary station today. Sticking to the standards of jazz, Rydman gives us “Walking in Our Sleep” with soft drum beats and complimentary organ progressions. Besides great songwriting, Rydman also has a very smooth and silky voice that echoes the sounds of James Taylor or even Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. If you are looking for a smooth jazz CD that is going to offer more than just another version of “Take the “A” Train,” then Rydman’s “I Will Do It” is the way to go.