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If Love Were All

by Wayne Powers

Recorded live in-studio with his acoustic jazz quartet, Powers gives voice to the heartbreak and joy of love lost and love found - through select gems from the Great American Songbook.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Never Let Me Go
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2. You've Changed
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3. All of Me
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4. Body and Soul
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5. Lush Life
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6. When Your Lover Has Gone
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7. Willow Weep for Me
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8. You Don't Know What Love Is
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9. If Love Were All
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10. Just in Time
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11. East of the Sun
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12. I Only Have Eyes for You
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13. Time After Time
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14. Smile
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From jazz vocalist to actor/comedian and radio talk show host, it's easy to see why Wayne Powers is often referred to as a “renaissance man”.

Powers' television career spans several decades and includes his recurring role as the Cop on Laverne & Shirley, MacKenzie Phillips' boyfriend on One Day At A Time, Murder She Wrote, several episodes of Simon And Simon, Full House, Alf, Doogie Howser, along with many others, including starring for two seasons in his own popular NBC sitcom, 13 East.

Wayne's is one of those instantly recognized voices. He has done countless voiceover commercials for major national sponsors... from Avis to McDonald's to being the voice of Budman for Budweiser on TV and radio. For many years, Powers has been the voice of one of those two delinquent birds in the popular Windex TV commercials for 13 years. He has also been active in animation voiceovers, including Teenage Mutant Turtles, Dennis The Menace, and Tales of Tillie's Dragon. Powers was also the voice chosen to recreate the character of Boss Hogg in the computer and playstation games of Dukes of Hazzard, and other animation projects with Tim Conway and Don Knotts.

Powers' theatrical background includes serving as President of the renowned Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, and playing the lead role in Inside Eddie Binstock, which he co-directed with actor/playwright Tim Robbins and performed for a delighted Lord Laurence Olivier. Powers was a member of the legendary Off The Wall comedy troupe, where he improvised regularly with Robin Williams.

Music has always been a part of Powers' showbusiness career. At 16, he started out as a singing waiter in New York, was a pioneer disco deejay in the 1970's, and even worked with Henry Mancini as Professional Manager of his music publishing companies.

Throughout his career, Powers has been a highly acclaimed nightclub performer in both comedy and music, periodically returning to his first love: live performance for a live audience. During the 1990's he took the West Coast by storm with his jazz band, Wayne Powers and his Hoi Polloi, as recorded on their album, “Plain Old Me.” The crowds were large and enthusiastic.

The critics agreed. “Get yourself to a Wayne Powers show. The guy is really terrific!” (L.A. Jazz Scene)

“Plain Old Me” was recorded live in the studio, Wayne and the band performing together just the way they had in top Hollywood venues like the famous Vine St. Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Roosevelt's legendary Cinegrill, and at several major jazz festivals.

After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Powers moved on, returning to focus on his broadcasting, voice-overs and solo jazz vocalist careers.

In recent years, Wayne has been working on the concept for this long-anticipated release, "If Love Were All."

“I’ve got so much inside me still left unsung," confides Powers.

"And so, with The Great American Songbook as my script, I’ve selected some truly classic and wonderful tunes that speak deeply to me and, hopefully, to you. Some you’ll know and a few you may not be familiar with – yet.

The result is a personal yet universal saga of love lost and love found. We’ve all been there and each tune on this album dwells with authenticity in a different aspect of the eternal story which you’ll probably recognize — in some cases, all too well.

There is a select array of torch songs, or what I call “saloon songs” — heartfelt ballads you’ll associate with a jukebox and wet quarters and soggy dollar bills in some dimly lit barroom.

And then there are those uplifting tunes of love’s pure, unbridled joy.

It’s all captured on this album.

I’m excited and honored to be working with some top-flight jazz musicians on this special recording: Ziad Rabie, Sax. Keith Davis, Piano. Ron Brendle, Acoustic Bass. Al Sergel, Drums. This is a magical combination of talent that makes each of the 14 tunes sparkle in their own unique way."

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