The best group and session singers are known as ace musicians, able to memorize, sight-read, and harmonize like a dream. They are not known as commanding solo presences, for what makes them blend in tends to keep them from standing out. Lincoln Briney is an exception. Though his resume includes appearances in Bobby McFerrin’s demanding vocal ensembles and background work on CDs by Mark Murphy and Janis Siegel, Lincoln is at his best when he sings alone. At his shows, audiences see a 6’5”, sexy geek who has earned the overused tag of “cool.” As with Chet Baker, Anita O’Day, and Annie Ross, Lincoln’s delivery is laid-back and light as air; the heat stays beneath the surface. Like Baker, he can sound both cuddly and distant – an arresting combination.
Six tracks here come from a Chet tribute that Lincoln did in 2010 at the Triple Door, a club in his hometown of Seattle. The rest are drawn from a recording session he held at his apartment – “in order to capture an intimate feel,” he says. “I invited 25 or so guests, fed them, wined them, and serenaded them. It was an exercise for me in being more spontaneous rather than ‘going into the studio.’”
With his slinky time feel, he was naturally drawn to the bossa nova, which weaves in and out of this album, notably on The Thrill is Gone. Leading the ensemble there is Marco de Carvalho, a Rio-born guitarist who, like the other players on this CD, shares Lincoln’s minimalist vibe. Old Folks is dedicated to the veteran L.A. session singers who have become family to him. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning is the favorite song of Lincoln’s mentor Sue Allen, a master group singer from the ‘40s onward. Do It the Hard Way, from Rodgers & Hart’s score for Pal Joey, was recorded by a down-and-out Baker in 1958. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head is a reminder of the eternal coolness of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, two technical virtuosos who made it all sound easy, just as Lincoln does.
-- James Gavin, New York City, 2011
[James Gavin is the author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker and Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne.]
Recent (unedited) Japanese reviews:
"Lincoln Briney’s Party"
Music (fab.) MZCF-1242
Recorded on August 18, 2011 Seattle (1-7), October 27, 2010 Seattle “Triple Door” Live (8-13)
Lincoln Briney is a male Jazz singer native of California and this is his second CD in 5 and 1/2 years since his first CD. This CD has two parts; 1-7 were recorded in a home party session talking and laughing with his friends and he introduces his soft and rhythmical voice, 8-13 were recorded in Chet Baker Tribute Live at a Jazz Club in Seattle. Lincoln and his players reproduced Chet like sound very well and this CD makes me smile and shows hos much Lincoln loves West Coast Jazz.
Japan Jazz Magazine
"Lincoln Briney’s Party"
Lincoln sings familiar songs with his very charming and sweet voice. This new CD (5 ½ years since his first CD) is filled with high quality music that makes you feel like time is going by slowly. The first 1-7 songs were recorded in an at-home party session and the other 7 songs were recorded in a live tribute to Chet Baker. Lincoln’s voice range enables him to sing different scale of songs and is very stylish and cool.
Lincoln Briney’s long-awaited second CD – Lincon Briney's Party
The seven songs were recorded live at his home party and the other 6 songs were recorded at a club in Seattle in a live tribute to Chet Baker. Both sessions are very relaxing and he sings wonderfully with his gentle and sexy voice.
I recommend this CD to those who are Chet Baker and or AOR vocal fans.
Lincoln Briney’s Party – Lincoln Briney
He made a debut with “Foreign Affair” in 2006 at age 42. He was born in 1964. His career experiences include commercial songs and back up singers in recordings and live for Mark Murphy, Bobby McFerrin, Janis Seigal, etc. This new CD (5 ½ years since his first CD) has two different live sessions; the first 7 songs were recorded at a home party with his friends and the rest was recorded at a Jazz Club. This CD brings you high quality, Chet Baker like sound.
Stereo Magazine, Japan
Lincoln Briney’s Party
I haven’t heard about a singer named Lincoln Briney before but he became my favorite soon after I listened to this CD. He produces cool and stylish music such as Chet Baker, Michael Franks and so on. The first half was recorded at a home party and the last half was recorded live at a club in Seattle. Being 47 years old, he brings a mature sound but casual style of singing. His background musician sounds great, too. This is a perfect gift for your lady.
CD Journal, Japan
"Lincoln Briney’s Party"
Simple but you get hooked.
Lincoln Briney is a vocalist from West Coast of America. He is not a handsome looking show singer. He reminds me of Mark Murphy, Bob Dorough or maybe Mose Allison but his talent is refreshing because he brings a gentle and romantic feeling with a taste of West Coast into his songs. This CD was recorded live in Seattle in 2010 and 2011. The first half is a private session (you can tell by the CD title) and the other half is a live tribute to Chet Baker. His relaxed and cozy sound will bring you comfort. These songs are familiar songs with his originality. You may get hooked to his music.