We'll Dance 'til Dawn

We'll Dance 'til Dawn

by Jeremy Davenport

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A blithely swinging crooner with a warm and jaunty improvisational style, trumpeter/vocalist Jeremy Davenport showcases his nightclub-honed charm on his third studio album and Basin Street Records debut, We'll Dance 'Til Dawn. A regular on the New Orleans music scene, Davenport made good on his '90s tag as Harry Connick, Jr.'s protégé by performing weekly at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the French Quarter. If Davenport's 2005 concert album, Live at the Bistro, was an earthy, unpredictable, and unfiltered document of his nightclub act, then 2009's We'll Dance 'Til Dawn is the more refined and polished business card follow-up. Where Bistro showcased how Davenport -- a Missouri-born/N.Y.C.-trained musician -- had fully steeped himself in the rhythmic gumbo of the New Orleans jazz tradition, We'll Dance 'Til Dawn is a dry martini of an album filled with crisp, urbanely delivered standards and supple afterglow ballads. In that sense, it's a much more modern take on the New Orleans tradition and frames Davenport in a wider lens than just a New Orleans act. Here listeners find more of Davenport's clever, Gershwin-esque originals like "Almost Never" and "I Could Hear Your Heartbeat." Equally as engaging are his cover choices, like his propulsive Latin-tinged take on "That Old Black Magic" and his surprisingly effective contemporary jazz reworking of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." That said, there's plenty of Southern hospitality here, including Davenport's playful duet with the famous city's other singing/trumpet-playing institution, Kermit Ruffins, on "Mr. New Orleans." A Davenport original, the track finds the two members of this dynamic duo celebrating and poking fun at their respective reputations, with the gruff Ruffins as "King of Treme" and the boyish Davenport as "Mr. Fancy Pants." It's a joyous wink of a tune and the type of track that only performers confident in their personas can get away with. Ultimately, that's the clearest thing about Davenport on We'll Dance 'Til Dawn -- he knows he's got you in a spin as long as he wants.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Basin Street Records
UPC: 0652905110126
catalogNumber: 1101
Rank: 212365

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeremy Davenport   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
David Torkanowsky   Piano
Kermit Ruffins   Trumpet,Vocals
Troy Davis   Percussion,Drums
Herman V. Ernest   Drums
Roland Guerin   Bass
George Porter   Bass
Michael Skinkus   Percussion
Herman Ernest   Drums

Technical Credits

David Torkanowsky   Producer,Audio Production
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer,Audio Production
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Jeremy Davenport   Composer
Cynthia S. Kinney   Graphic Design
Pierre Norman Connor   Composer
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
Chris Finney   Engineer

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