Steve Washington | Right to Love

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Right to Love

by Steve Washington

Vocalist Steve Washington featuring the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra. Limited edition CD packed w/8 pages of color photography and detailed song, track and session information — for those who appreciate the visual "album" experience.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Caravan (feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra)
3:04 $0.99
2. Corcovado (Quiet Nights, Quiet Stars) [feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra]
5:10 $0.99
3. The Lamp Is Low (feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra)
6:22 $0.99
4. Alright, Okay, You Win (feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra)
2:56 $0.99
5. I Was Telling Her About You (feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra)
4:10 $0.99
6. Macarthur Park
5:23 $0.99
7. Avalon (feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra)
1:53 $0.99
8. The Right to Love (feat. Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra)
3:42 $0.99
9. Macarthur Park (Alternate Take)
5:31 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
A Message from Steve Washington

Producing a big-band album on an "indie" budget is no walk in the park. But this has been a joy and an adventure from the start.

I'd been batting around ideas for my second "album" for a while, talking to producers whose works I've admired over the years. I learned a lot, but nothing seemed to click. In the late spring of 2014, I saw on Facebook that Thad Wilson, a friend and peer in the music scene, was performing regularly at Columbia Station in Washington DC with his jazz orchestra. Thad had written some arrangements for me years ago and was a session player on an earlier recording of mine. I had to check it out. I clearly remember being floored by the orchestra’s thrilling performance of "Caravan," one of Thad's original and most electrifying arrangements. At that moment, I had my album concept, contingent, of course, on Thad's desire to get involved. Fortunately, the answer was "yes."

The jazz orchestra concept felt like a natural extension of the direction I'd already been taking. You see, for the previous ten years or so I'd been performing two acts that had a big-band feel: "Nat & Sammy Remembered" and "Rhythm, Blues & Broadway." I'd traveled the world with these two acts performing on both land and sea. So, "Right to Love" feels a little like the child of that experience.

The album took shape organically. I'd join the band down at Columbia Station every other Thursday, and we'd perform the material under consideration. We were not only performing but also testing material and preparing for upcoming sessions.

I knew I had to have "Caravan" on the album. And "Corcovado" was another sensual, pulsing Thad Wilson arrangement that I fell in love with. The brilliantly written "I Was Telling Her About You" was yet another original arrangement from Thad's book that worked for me. "Alright, Okay, You Win" felt right, too. Thad's arrangement is faithful to the Joe Williams original but with some minor adjustments to suit his orchestra.

The theme of the album was beginning to take shape, but we needed a few more numbers and it was clear they'd have to be new arrangements. "Avalon" comes from my "Nat & Sammy Remembered" act and our arrangement honors the Nat King Cole original, but it's been tailored and augmented slightly for a bit of extra dazzle and a better fit.

My mom introduced me to "The Lamp Is Low" via a gorgeous Johnny Hartman recording. I fell in love with the song immediately and set about sketching an arrangement for Thad to bring to life. Well, apparently Thad had his own ideas and inspirations for the song. When I heard his take on it and how he heard me singing it, I had to give it a shot. Honestly, it's a different approach for me, and I really like it. I hope you like it, too.

"The Right to Love" is a song that I've loved ever since I'd heard it on Nancy Wilson's "Lush Life" album and Tony Bennett's "If I Ruled the World" album. The song speaks for itself and its message is both timely and timeless.

Last, I needed to include one more piece. I settled on "Macarthur Park," the bridge section. Decades ago, I'd heard Tony Bennett sing just the bridge and I loved it. That recording haunted me for years, and as the years have piled on, the lyric seems to resonate more deeply. This piece serves as a kind of pivot point for the album and gives it an added depth and dimension. My concept was to keep it very intimate with just a trio and to make room for one of Thad's signature trumpet solos. Thad couldn't get to the session on time due to a snag. So the rhythm section and I did a couple of practice runs on it, and it felt so good the engineer just started recording. Thad finally got to the session and crafted a beautiful, anthemic solo that feels completely in touch with the attitude and theme of the tune. The "alternate take" is one of those "practice" takes. I included it because there's stuff on it that had to be heard, particularly Chris Grasso's sensitive, heart melting piano solo.

So, there you have it — a glimpse into the making of this album. Enjoy the clips. Take the CD home with you. I hope you like it. And I/we look forward to playing for you on the big stage under the lights somewhere soon.


"Life Is A Song"



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Can't get any better than this
I noticed that CD baby mentioned Johnny Mathias while recommending Steve. Ironically, that's exactly who came to mind while listening to this CD. The beauty and tone of Steve Washington's voice is absolutely amazing - something that both young and old can appreciate. Two thumbs up!!!!!


Absolutely Deliscious
I have been to a number of Mr. Washington's performances throughout the years but his most recent debut at the Metropolitan Room for the release of this new album was far and away the most dynamic performance I've had the pleasure of attending. I immediately purchased the album and have devoured it repeatedly. Enough originality to spice up some classics without coming off as another cover. Thrilled to have Mr. Washington in my collection.


Right to love is a keeper. Steve Washington has amazing control over his instrument unleashing a pallet of tremendous color within his vocals that's soothing to ear and warms the soul . My favorite song is Caravan. I enjoyed Steve's interpretation, presentation, range and flexibility as he delivered the lyrics with fire and finesse! The Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra was an added bonus and the right combination with such a fine talent. You can expect much of the same throughout the album this guy's vocals are just dreamy.


Five stars!!!
Wonderful, wonderful songs and arrangements, but most all Steve Washington’s voice is incredible, soaring in all its splendor!