Kind words from a great jazz singer...

I recently found this blog on Karin Plato's website. Karin is a fabulous jazz singer who I've had the pleasure of getting to know over the past few years...

"On the CD listening front, I was recently blown away by Vancouver vocalist Steve Maddock’s album Memory Cafe. Steve is an unbelievably talented vocalist with a full range rich voice and the ability to improvise and swing hard. His disc includes many wonderful original compositions penned by Saskatchewan born Craig Salkeld. When I was a University Student in Saskatoon I used to hear Craig sing and play piano in a cover band called Cruise Control. They performed all kinds of great repertoire in this band made up of local jazz guys. Craig can really sing! And….he certainly is an incredible composer and arranger. I think Steve has a really unique project because he has included some fantastic standards that we jazz vocalists all like to sing and then this brand new repertoire, which is truly new to the world. Steve also arranged some of the standards in a fresh and hip way. From the first unison lines written in his introduction to There Is No Greater Love, I was hooked, and I had not previously heard such an exciting rendition of You've Changed (also Steve’s own arrangement). Never had I thought of the tune in that way, and by that I mean to say that as I listened, I was completely surprised by this new spin on the song. His rendition truly made me hear a familiar tune in a brand new way. Wonderful when that happens I think!"

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