by Tom LellisTom Lellis


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Amazingly, this early-'00s CD is only Tom Lellis' fourth album; by that time, a jazz veteran as talented and expressive as Lellis should have had a much larger catalog. But then, the music world can be a mind-boggling, frustrating place, and talent isn't always rewarded the way it should be. Lellis sounds like he is making up for lost recording time on this ambitious disc, which finds him being backed by Holland's Metropole Orchestra (conducted by American jazzman John Clayton). Being an orchestral project, Skylark is more arranged than Lellis' small-group efforts. But the musicians still get in some meaningful solos, including trombonist Bart Van Lier and tenor saxophonist Leo Janssen. Of course, Lellis' vocals are the main attraction, and the singer really shines on a variety of material. Lellis, much to his credit, isn't the sort of jazz vocalist who is content to sing overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses exclusively and do them the same old way -- he is much too ambitious for that type of knee-jerk approach. Lellis won't exclude a song just because it was written in the '30s or '40s, but unlike a lot of the derivative Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald wannabes who labels are so quick to record, he looks for great songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. On this CD (which has been sold on the Metropole Orchestra's website), Lellis turns his attention to songs that range from Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" to Chick Corea's "Straight Up and Down" (which he wrote lyrics for) to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Falando de Amor." Brazilian music is a priority on this CD, and the singer revisits "Milton's Moment" (Lellis' ode to Brazilian great Milton Nascimento) and Toninho Horta's "Mountain Flight." Skylark is enthusiastically recommended to fans of post-bop vocal jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Adventure Music
UPC: 0823421105020
catalogNumber: 1050
Rank: 106082

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Lellis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bart Van Lier   Trombone
Cor Bakker   Synthesizer,Piano
Max Boeree   Saxophone
Hans Bonsel   Cello
John Clayton   Conductor
Lucia Domski   Violin
Linda Dumessie   Violin
Jan Elsink   Trombone
Wim Grin   Cello
Olaf Groesz   Cello
Henk Heijink   Trumpet
Jan Hollander   Trumpet
Jan Hollestelle   Bass
Leo Janssen   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rami Koch   Violin,Concert Master
Wim Kok   Violin
Eddy Koopman   Percussion
Roel Koster   Horn
Cees Kranenburg   Drums
Rob Langereis   Guitar
Jan Oosthof   Trumpet
Marijn Rombout   Violin
Denise Ruyters   Violin
Dick Vennik   Saxophone
Aimee Versloot   Viola
Simone Vierstra   Violin
Hans Vroomans   Synthesizer,Piano
Paul Woesthuis   Trombone
Arlia de Ruiter   Violin,Concert Master
Martin De Ruiter   Oboe
Rosetty de Ruiter-Verwoerdt   Harp
Herman Rieken   Percussion
Ruud Breuls   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Peter Tiehuis   Guitar
Mieke Honingh   Viola
Lex Bolderdijk   Bass
Ernö Olah   Violin
Erica Korthals Altes   Violin
Martin V.D. Berg   Bass Trombone
Elisabeth Cats   Violin
Friederike Darius   Flute
Julia Jowett   Viola
Arend Liefkes   Bass
Marc Scholten   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Joke Schonewille   Harp
Leo Van Oostrom   Saxophone
Willem Luijt   Oboe
David Peijnenborgh   Violin
Mike Schäperclaus   Percussion
Marianne Van Den Heuvel   Violin
Herman Van Haaren   Violin
Eric Winkelmann   Bass
Michael Klier   Viola
Pauline Terlow   Violin
Wim Timmermans   Horn
Bastiaan Van Der Werf   Cello
Tom Ellis   Vocals
Arno van Nieuwenhuize   Drums
Wim Timmermans   Horn
Rob Langereis   Guitar
Pauline Terlow   Violin
Paul Woesthuis   Trombone
Olof Groesz   Cello
Noortie Koch   Violin
Michael Klier   Viola
Martin V.D. Berg   Bass Trombone
Mariël V.D. Bos   Flute
Lucja Domski   Violin
Leo Jenssen   Saxophone
Janine Abbass   Flute
Jan Elsink   Trombone
Hans Bonsel   Cello
Elisabeth Cats   Violin
Dick Vennik   Saxophone
Denise Koenders   Violin
Cees Kranenburg   Drums
Anne Marie V.D. Bogaard   Viola
Herman Rieken   Percussion
Wik Kok   Violin
Simone Vierstra   Violin
Mike Schaperclaus   Percussion
Willem Lujit   Oboe
Leo Van Oostrem   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Toninho Horta   Composer
Tom Lellis   Composer,Lyricist
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Michael Abene   Arranger
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Lyricist
Chuck Owen   Arranger
Frits Bayens   Producer
Hugh Den Ouden   Musical Supervision
Williem Friede   Arranger
Tom Ellis   Composer,Lyricist
Willem Friede   Arranger
Gwen Terpstra   Graphic Design

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