CLINT HOLMES – “RENDEZVOUS”
With jazz timing and phrasing showcasing his velvety tenor croon on eleven delightful cuts –including three new songs that he co-wrote– Clint Holmes surrounded himself with a royal herd of jazz “cats” on this collection. Produced by eight-time Grammy winner Gregg Field, the sophisticated album offers a diverse playlist that reinterprets modern day and classic pop hits, soulful R&B, theatrical tunes, and numbers culled from the Great American Songbook. Field placed Holmes’ voice front and center amidst live instrumentation, dramatic strings and orchestra accompaniment, and sparse piano and vocal settings.
The first single shipped to radio stations for airplay is “Say Something,” a duet between Holmes and multi-Grammy nominee Ledisi. Grammy winner Patti Austin sang, conducted and arranged the background vocals on the track. “Say Something” will also be remixed for dance floors and serviced to club DJs.
Class and elegance reign on a cunning big band mashup of “I Loves You Porgy”/”There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York,” a song that pairs Holmes and Grammy-winning chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater backed by The Count Basie Orchestra. Holmes joined Bridgewater and The Count Basie Orchestra on stage at the legendary Blue Note in New York City on February 4 and 5 to perform the showstopper arranged by four-time Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin.
Stellar contributions abound on “Rendezvous.” In addition to the aforementioned, Holmes and Grammy winner Jane Monheit break hearts on a sublime rendition of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.” Swinging jazz and blues mingle on “At The Rendezvous,” which is illuminated by a Hammond B-3 solo from Grammy nominated organist Joey DeFrancesco. Closing the record with poignancy, Holmes penned lyrics to the sweetly melodic “What You Leave Behind,” composed by contemporary jazz luminary Dave Koz, whose gracefully emotive sax solo tastefully enriches the acoustic guitar and vocal tracks.
“Every track does come from a personal place for me and this CD is a ‘rendezvous’ in every sense of the word – a coming together of great and generous artists. The material I selected for the album is specific and biographical, while being universal at the same time,” Holmes said.