MP3 Robert M Wagner - His Way Volume IV
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Related styles: JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, JAZZ: Swing/Big Band
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After spending a career in international business, youâd think Bob Wagner would want to sit back, relax and enjoy life at his home in St. Paul de Vence, France.
Mais, non! Bob is just getting started. This time, itâs his work as a jazz
composer and musician heâs taking to the next level, delving into a career as a recording artist. Itâs work that Bob has always done, just not often in public. âI have very much remained the dark horse in the music arena,â he says.
A dark horse, that happens to be a powerful and proven musical steed. Since
taking up songwriting as a university student in the 1950s, Bob has amassed
over 150 compositions; mostly big band-era jazz tunes that have been well received on the international stage. His song, âNo Small Talk Pleaseâ was
recorded by Universal Music artist Laura Fygi on her CD, âChange.â The song is actually Bobâs first composition, and has also been recorded by Andy Williams, who performed it on NBCâs Steve Allen Tonight Show in New York in 1954.
Bob has also co-written songs with high-caliber musical heavyweights like Academy Award winning British composer Leslie Bricusse, a famous songwriter of West End and Broadway musicals; and recorded with French jazz
artists, The Marc Peillon Trio. Most recently, Bob is working with Emmy Award
winning pianist, conductor and arranger, Lee Musiker.
Bob and Lee have arranged and recorded a number of Bobâs original songs together. This time, however, itâs Bob taking the limelight as songwriter and singer. No longer is he working behind the scenes as the writing talent; he is the star of the show, along with some other well-known performers who share singing duties.
Musically, Bob leans toward jazz ballads, while lyrically, his songs reflect a
spirit of romanticism, love and life. Drawing from his life experiences, he has
refined his craft to produce a wealth of musical gems.
Bob has always managed to make time to play, especially during his university days in New York amidst the height of the Korean War. Bob entertained at venues like The Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Long Island, The Peachtree Lounge on the upper East Side and the U.S.O. Club in mid-Manhattan. âI loved it and had the time of my life!â he says.
Bob has forged friendships with musical superstars such as Andy Williams, Hoagy Carmichael, Eddie Fisher, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Shirley Bassey, Anita Kerr and more. He hopes to shine a light in the musical realm just like they have. Time will tell how brightly the spotlight glows on Bob Wagner during his exciting songwriting career.
Releasing a CD with his name on it is interesting territory for Bob, whose
rare live appearances over the years have mostly been in clubs and cocktail
lounges, when he had the time. âI went through long periods of not writing
at all while I was engrossed in international business. I lived a seesaw-like
love affair with my musical aspirations which more often than not had to
take a back seat to my âbread and butterâ existence and survival.â
âBob Wagner is a very talented songwriter.
Be they ballads or swing tunes, it brings
back memories of writers who composed
for the singers of the great era of love,
romance and swing. Bob is challenging
the new breed of male vocalists, has a
unique voice that soothes, and gives
his words a lot of feeling. I enjoy his
originality and approach to music. We
need more like him if music is to survive.â
Veteran Jazz Broadcaster
CJNU FM Nostalgia Radio
âI have truly enjoyed working with Bob Wagner, who is not only very charming, but also a great creative mind! His composition, âNo Small Talk Please,â was my favourite song on the album, Change.â
Laura Fygi - Universal Music recording artist
âLovely tunes reminiscent of the golden era of songs and songwriters. A most
charming and gracious cat.â
Lee Musiker - Emmy Award winning pianist, conductor and arranger
âDuring the 35 years of our friendship, Bob Wagner has never been far from
either a piano or a romantic new melody. He has the knack of creating the
wistful and nostalgic music that brings to mind the great songwriters and the
great standards from that golden era of popular music between the wars â when the tune was more important than the beat. It is a torch well worth carrying and I have had the pleasure and the privilege of adding a dozen or more lyrics to some of his lovelier themes. There will always be a warm welcome among âthose who knewâ in the music business for the memorable music of Bob Wagner.â
Leslie Bricusse - British lyricist, composer and writer/co-writer of
musicals, including Victor/Victoria, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
and Stop the World â I Want to Get Off
âA fine marriage of lyrics and melody. Just when I thought there was a real
dearth of superior original songs for the Great American Songbook, along
comes Bob Wagner with a most refreshing sound for us to embrace. Some
of his lyrics are very poeticâ¦the arrangements are all very hip and appeal
to a wide demographic. Many listeners seem
to be craving for a more innocent time,
a nostalgic place where the Sinatras,
Clooneys, Tormes and Fitzgeralds ruled,
and Bob Wagner fits that need very nicely.
My fears that the best songs have been
written may be finally over.â
Ray Alexander - founder of the Winnipeg
Jazz Festival and host of Fascinating
Rhythm, CJUM 101.5 FM, Winnipeg,
in partnership with CDbaby
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