MP3 Malcolm Griffith - Come Love With Me
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12 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, EASY LISTENING: Cabaret
Malcolm Griffith is probably best known as a drummer, having
played with a wide variety of groups and performers in styles as
diverse as jazz, reggae, hip-hop, funk, and rock. However, he is also
possessed of a deep bass voice that is not often heard among male jazz
vocalists in this day and age. In fact, the last popular jazz singer with
this type of voice and this way with a ballad was the remarkable
Johnny Hartman, to whom Malcolm has dedicated his premiere CD as
a vocalist, Come Love With Me.
For this endeavor, Griffith has selected a variety of standards by such
classic composers of the 1940s and 50s as Ira Gershwin, Kurt Weill,
Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Sammy Cahn, and others. Backed
by an able band that includes pianist Daryl Kojack, bassist Sean
Conly, guitarist Johnathan Kreisberg, and drummer Gene Lewin,
Griffith possesses the ability to swing as well as to deliver a ballad
with uncommon honesty. His voice is subtle, never booming or
belting, yet not disappearing into the woodwork either. It's truly a
smooth, romantic voice that will remind many listeners of their early
courtship or dates spent dancing to these memorable tunes.
Born on the Caribbean island of Barbados, Griffith was interested in
drums and music from an early age. His father purchased a drum set
with the intention of getting an old band back together, but that didn't
happen. Meanwhile, Malcolm saw a local band play, and the drummer
impressed him with the lively calypso beat. Malcolm asked his father
not to return the drum kit to the store and began learning to play.
Within a short time he was playing with many popular bands and
traveled the Caribbean. Eventually he migrated to Montreal, Canada,
where he formed his own funk band by the name of Soft Shoe, and
later performed with the African music-inspired band the Marbles.
Arriving in New York City in the 1980s, Malcolm, a talented cook,
took jobs cooking at restaurants around the city, eventually becoming
chef at Lee Mazelli's Sports Cafe. He also began gigging around NYC
as a drummer, and wound up at Arthur's Tavern in the West Village
during the early 90s, where he became the house drummer when the
resident drummer passed away. For three years Malcolm served as the
house drummer, playing with up to four different bands a week in a
variety of musical styles. Some of the musicians he worked with at
Arthur's include JD Allen, Vincent Herring, Freddy Francis, Grant
Green Jr., Boss Townsend, Benny Powell, Dana Jared, and Gary Bartz
as well as many, many others. He has also played as a drummer on
over forty recordings with a variety of different performers. In 1997
he took up singing seriously, studying classical voice as well as
singing and musical theory.
Armed with a great deal of musical experience, Malcolm now releases
his CD, Come Love With Me. The songs he performs are those that
have served as inspiration to him over the years, and romantics of all
ages and musical tastes are bound to enjoy his delivery. Showcasing
Malcolm's excellent enunciation and a rich vocal tone, Come Love
With Me is a fine, mellow recording for warm summer nights spent
with the one you love. Griffith is subtle but swinging on uptempo
numbers and his deep voice is commanding on the ballads. In
addition, the backing musicians on this CD are always there with just
the right support, but never stealing the spotlight away from Griffith.
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