John Greaves - On the Street Where You Live

John Greaves - On the Street Where You Live
On the Street Where You Live
Release Date:
September 1, 2001

On the Street Where You Live will be hard to believe for anyone with a little knowledge about John Greaves' career -- his membership in Henry Cow and his collaborations with singer/songwriter Peter Blegvad. This album has absolutely nothing to do with his previous projects. Accompanied by jazz pianist Marcel Ballot and guitarist Patrice Meyer, Greaves sings 17 standards from the perfect crooner's songbook: "My Funny Valentine," "Cry Me a River," "Skylark," "Over the Rainbow," "My Favorite Things," and many more like that. He doesn't touch a bass or guitar, he only sings, trying to convince listeners that he can be a worthy jazz club performer. The fact is, he is not bad at it and obviously sings from the heart. His musicians follow the rules of the genre without coming across as particularly talented, but then again they needed to be self-effacing to leave the spotlight for the singer.

If many people may enjoy this album, who will actually want it? Vocal jazz fans have plenty of better, more-experienced crooners to choose from. Fans of Greaves are not prepared for this.

Since there are no original songs to add to the man's work, if one doesn't care about this style of music -- fan or not -- this CD will sit on the shelf.

I Wish You Love/Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?John Greaves3:10
My Funny ValentineJohn Greaves3:11
She's Funny That WayJohn Greaves2:52
All the Things You AreJohn Greaves2:57
On a Slow Boat to ChinaJohn Greaves2:59
I've Grown Accustomed to Her FaceJohn Greaves2:50
In a Shanty in Old Shanty TownJohn Greaves2:34
SkylarkJohn Greaves3:47
It's Only a Paper MoonJohn Greaves2:19
Cry Me a RiverJohn Greaves4:44
The Glow WormJohn Greaves2:40
Over the RainbowJohn Greaves2:22
On the Street Where You LiveJohn Greaves3:32
Fly Me to the MoonJohn Greaves2:34
My Favortie ThingsJohn Greaves2:38
I'll Be Seeing YouJohn Greaves3:11
The Whiffenpoof SongJohn Greaves2:33

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