Jack Prather | Shades

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by Jack Prather

Sophisticated and clever songwriting performed over hip jazz/ pop arrangements with high caliber instrumental soloing throughout.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shades
4:10 $0.99
2. Don't Look Now
3:40 $0.99
3. Sleepless In Seattle
5:19 $0.99
4. The Hot Club Of France
3:27 $0.99
5. Suddenly It's Summer
4:52 $0.99
6. I Don't Dance
3:44 $0.99
7. Wake Me When It's Over
3:05 $0.99
8. Crazy About You
3:08 $0.99
9. Fall Guy
3:09 $0.99
10. I Heard You Had The Blues
3:40 $0.99
11. Italian Jazz
4:11 $0.99
12. Do You Love Me
4:33 $0.99
13. Indiana Autumn
3:41 $0.99
14. Take Me
3:07 $0.99
15. Here's Looking At You
2:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jack Prather, bassist and composer: a musician of extraordinary depth and sensitivity. Jack was at educated College Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio. His career has taken him around the country performing with some of the legends of jazz such as Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge as well as with the Sergio Mendes group. Also, he has accompanied a list of great vocalists which includes Mark Murphy, Shirley Horne, and Bobby Vinton.

In the latter decades of the twentieth century, Jack co- led the very popular bands Storyville and Bopsicle on the recordings of which many of his outstanding compositions are performed. More recently, Jack has served as Music Director of “The Great American Music Company” whose live shows and studio recordings pay homage to America’s greatest popular composers (Kern, Mercer, Gershwin, et. al.) with captivating narrations meticulously researched and written by Jack and lush vocal interpretations of Stephanie Haynes and Dewey Erney.

Currently, Jack is promoting the CD release of a collection of fifteen exquisitely crafted original compositions under his own name entitled “Shades”. Not only does this album feature Jack’s virtuosity as a song writer and predictably fine accompanying, but also showcases his all too seldom heard vocal renderings that are at once pleasing and totally unique. The band on this recording isn’t too shabby either. Check it out!



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A Timeless Classic
These songs ring true with a bright clarity of new contemporary wit, yet surrounded by a timelessness that leaves the listner feeling like they must have heard these songs before. It is a feeling of warm familiarity. You'll laugh, you'll smile, you'll tap your foot, and you'll enjoy! tm

Shivas Irons

"Shades" of the times
A grand conjunction of wonderful tunes and intelligent/witty lyrics backed up by skilled production and thoughtful arrangements... but I'm biased as I've been enjoying the artful offerings of Sam Shepherd and Jack Prather along the coastal jazz haunts of SoCal/OC for years. That they've taken the time to render their skills onto whatever cds are made tres cool por us.

The additional bonus of Leonard Thompson (son of the late OC jazz legend Rex Thompson) on keyboards and the should be legendary Stephanie Haynes on my fav # "Suddenly Its Summer" just another special moment among many. Too many enjoyable tunes to point them out here. Enjoy the samplings... although, if you love dogs and jazz and a sweet guitar, give "Take Me" a try.