Jazz vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber presents A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening, a debut wide-release album featuring beloved standards and new originals via The Orchard on Fallen Apple Records.
Poised for breakout success, acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber takes another considerable step forward with the Oct. 14, 2014 release of A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening (Fallen Apple Records/The Orchard) – the first album with major distribution behind this rapidly rising artist who JazzTimes says “rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli.” The powerful, 12-track collection reintroduces some of Goldhaber’s favorite standards alongside five originals, and is "as pleasant a listening experience as male vocal jazz gets" (Late to Jazz).
Growing up in Buffalo, Goldhaber was introduced to the Great American Songbook by his mother, who casually played countless standards on the family’s 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano. Goldhaber harkened back to those cherished moments in assembling A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening, and carefully sequenced the tracks to create a sumptuous musical blend with special meaning.
“I wanted to create a collection of songs that really embodied what I would want to sit down and listen to straight through,” he says. “That’s why the sequencing is so critical here, because it embodies the way they’ve impacted me in life. The album weaves in and out from songs of my youth to songs I’ve written. There’s a real flow to this record.”
“A lot of these songs have been inspired by moments in my life,” says Goldhaber. “That’s really where the joy lies for me. That’s the real passion that I have. It’s not about simply writing a song or hearing something that swings. It’s really about the connection.”
Among the many highlights from A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening are Goldhaber originals “Somebody In Love” and the opening track, “As Long As I’m Falling In Love,” both produced by drum master Marcello Pellitteri (Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis) at New York’s famed Avatar Studios. “Somebody in Love,” is a swinging New Orleans-inspired song featuring tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm taking the band to the swinging clubs of the 1950s. His solo is followed by an electric moment from guitarist John Hart. Goldhaber calls it “a playful song that tells a story of a love who is so used to just having casual affairs with no drama. All that he wants is to find someone who is going through what he’s going through so he can communicate. Because everyone else he talks to looks at him like he’s nuts.”
“As Long As I’m Falling in Love,” co-written with Goldhaber’s longtime pianist and musical director Jon Davis and also heard in the film Going Down in La-La Land, is about that moment of falling in love, “right at the beginning,” says Goldhaber, “when you know there’s no complication. It’s just that calm, easy, sort of saloon style blues feel that just says, ‘Everything’s good. I’ve got love right here on my arm, and it’s right in the beginning, and how amazing is that?’”
A high mark on A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening is the album’s closing track, “Losin’ Your Appeal,” a swinging Goldhaber original showcasing a funkier sound and a sexy vibe. It was produced by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, Spider-Man, Beautiful Broadway cast album) and features a marvelous horn section from top rock bands and the Broadway scene, with Stein on vintage Hammond B-3 and Wurlitzer organ.
“But what made the track,” says Stein, “was Marcus’ performance.”
“Billy drove the truck on this one,” adds Goldhaber. “He really opened things up and brought the funk out of me. It’s a sound that I didn’t even know I had. The track really fits the idea of the song, which is put up or shut up. I wanted to write a song with a little bit of attitude, confidence, and something that says I’ve only got time for people who lift me up, for people who want to be with me. If you’re not going to be in my life, nice knowin’ ya. It expresses an aggressive yet calm confidence, and it specifically speaks to lovers.”
Stream A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening now:
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Goldhaber has hit the road to support the new record on a fall U.S. tour which includes a headlining performance at The RRazz Room (Oct. 24), the prestigious San Francisco supper club that recently relocated to New Hope, PA; and has already featured an opening slot for Jane Monheit at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA; and a return to The Cutting Room in New York – an "irresistable" evening of "outstanding" music featuring "the sexy vibe of Goldhaber's voice," said Downtown Magazine NYC in its review – for his Manhattan CD Release Event. He also has several dates this weekend at the Smith Center in Las Vegas reprising his long-running co-starring role in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song (Oct. 17-19), which celebrates the music of the great Harold Arlen, a fellow Buffalo, NY native, and is now touring the country.
Catch Marcus Goldhaber on his US Tour this fall:
October 17-19: The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV (The Wonderful Wizard of Song)
October 24: The RRazz Room, New Hope, PA (CD Release Event)
Praise for Marcus Goldhaber:
“Goldhaber is most memorable.” – New York Times
“Goldhaber has something new to say.” – Jonathan Schwartz, WNYC
“The musicality of his original tunes is as good as anybody in jazz right now. … [A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening is] as pleasant a listening experience as male vocal jazz gets.” - Late to Jazz