Tom Lellis | Avenue of the Americas

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Avenue of the Americas

by Tom Lellis

Vocal Jazz/Brazilian
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. For Better Days Ahead
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2. Norwegian Wood (suite)
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3. Baubles Bangles and Beads
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4. Olinda Wind
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5. For Wisdom
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6. Pure Imagination/Waiting For Angela
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7. River of Light
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8. A Choice Of Fates
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9. Isle Awhile
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10. Ain't No Mountain High Enough/I Still Haven't Found What I'm Loo
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11. Lucky Southern/Maracangalha
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jazziz Magazine names Tom Lellis/Avenue Of The Americas to "Critic's Best CDs Of 2006" list (Jan. 07 issue)
International Assoc. for Jazz Education Journal names Avenue of the Americas "Best Vocal CDs of 2006" (5/07)

Avenue of the Americas is the critically acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist Tom Lellis’s newest recording. Tom is joined by internationally renown musicians, Brazil’s Toninho Horta, Camaroon’s Richard Bona, Kenny Werner, Dave Kikoski, Jeremy Steig and others singing works by Pat Metheny, (For Better Days Ahead), the Yellowjackets (For Wisdom), Horta (Olinda Wind) along with his original lyrics and arrangements of the Beatles, Ashford and Simpson and U2 as well as his original music.
Blending a unique vocal style described as “irresistible” (JazzTimes) with jazz and Brazilian influences and world-class musicians Tom produces more of the kind of vocal music Singer Magazine and Jazzreview.com both called “a taste of paradise” and DownBeat states, “Tom Lellis has everything going for him”.

Several times a year I discover for my own listening pleasure someone new, (at least to me) whose artistry really catches my ear, engages my thoughts and feelings, knocks me back saying, “Wow, this is REALLY good. Where can I get some more of it?” This is one of those gems.
JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE

Jazz vocalist Tom Lellis is a purveyor of optimism. Feeling down and lonely? Then it might be a judicious and soul-satisfying move to break out Lellis’ new release, which carries forth the mark of excellence witnessed on his 2004 venture, “Southern Exposure.”
In sum, Lellis has produced yet another jaunty and especially pleasurable set. Toss your troubles by the wayside; the artist’s muse is therapeutically entertaining. Jazzreview.com

What a pleasure it is to hear a vocalist whose lyricism grows from his improvisational method, who sings with the instincts of an instrumentalist, and who has the capacity to add lyrics to previously instrumental works, which show intuitive musical understanding.

Avenue of the Americas is an excellent and sophisticated recording that draws on many contemporary strands of music-making, but with a jazz heart. CD Review: Brazzil.com

"This is a jazz singer that deserves a high level of attention due to the sensational plateau he has reached within his craft." eJazzNews

Amazon's review: 4 1/2 STARS
Avenue of the Americas - Tom Lellis
Saturday June 24, 2006 ★★★★☆ Standards and new works with a terrific, unique Latin Flavor

Tom Lellis is a man of many talents as he so well demonstrates on this fine new CD. Not only is he a fine and pungent vocalist, but he also is a strong lyricist, composer and arranger (he also just happens to be proficient on the piano, keyboards, percussion, voice bass, and whistle!). But the full flavor of this collection in the mixture of jazz with Brazilian and popular music comes form Lellis excellent arrangements of songs we thought we knew - until he makes the lyrics his own.

Lellis' voice is a bit of Mel Torme but no further comparisons should be made. His style is easy, relaxed and full of scat and improvisations and a well tuned ensemble and serves him well.

This is one of those recordings for easy listening in the evening watching the sun go down - and the fire come up! Grady Harp, June 06

AllAboutJazz.com says:
Lellis has a superb feel for Brazil's subtle rhythms and harmonies, and his collaboration with Toninho Horta has been particularly memorable. Here, on “Olinda Wind,” Lellis uses Horta's joyful melody to celebrate playful rhythms, soft sea breezes, and the kind of dancing that melts your troubles away.
But the tour de force on Avenue of the Americas is the “Norwegian Wood” suite, in which Lellis manages to refer to sixteen Beatles songs in a brilliant tapestry of shifting colors and moods.
Lellis imitates nobody, and his passion is evident in every word he sings. Refreshing!


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Aaron Fensterheim


Tom Lellis is one of the most underappreciated Jazz Vocalist performing today. His new cd is far and away his most accomplished to date. Great song, lyrics, and musicians.

Michele Harris

Tom Lellis and his musicians are phenomenal on this CD.
Tom Lellis and his musicians are phenomenal on this CD. I love the arrangements on each song; the musicianship is wonderful. I bought two more of his CDs after listening to this; I play it at least twice a day! NOW I'M ON A MISSION TO SEE HIM IN CONCERT!

Nancy Barell "Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra"


WOW, Tom is so enchanting. "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" is just about the best interpretation I've heard next to Sinatra. "Norwegian Woods" is intriguing and so lyrical. He is an original.

Chris McNulty

There's not a male jazz voice alive on this planet that does what Lellis' does -
Listen to his versions of "Baubles" and "Pure Imagination"....just as lovely as you can get. On "For Wisdom" and "Choice of Fates, you hear the stretching and striving. It's there throughout this entire CD - his music, his voice, lyric and spirit. There's no struggle here, just a wonderful blend that fits together sumptuously. Lellis challenges you, and asks that you listen a little more intently - what a breath of fresh air - to hear a great vocalist not afraid to be a great musician.

joy gabriel


Tom Lellis is one of a kind. His voice invokes such a
range of sensual tones which amazes me. His musicians are
always the best and the sound quality is magnificent. I
enjoy Tom Lellis and his style of music. He makes me feel
good..

maurizio sabatini

excellent !!!!
it was by chance i dicovered this artist and only bought his album taken to heart because it was on the concord label but to this day it was destiny,Mr Lellis is clearly one of the best vocalists of our time but without the real commercial acclaim the same was said for Matt Monro - yes there has been Sinatra Bennett Torme - Mr Tom Lellis offers something truly God sent and there is no other like him,he is unique and its with great pride he is releasing more albums all the best!!!!

Marci Haus

Expand your musical mind with this artist
Expand your musical mind with this artist who is in a league of his own. Tom Lellis is a true musician in every sense of the word. If you've ever had an interest in learning more about counterpoint and harmony you must listen to this master at work using tunes we've all heard before but never like this! On top of demonstrating his talent as a vocalist, percussionist, pianist and guitarist Tom writes fantastic lyrics as heard on tracks 1,4,5,7,8,9 and 11. Check out his imaginative way he uses rhythm and time on his original tune on track 8. This cd will put a huge smile on your face from the opening track For Better Day's Ahead which is my personal favorite. Very Creative Music!