Growing up in the 60s and 70s, most of us enjoyed watching Saturday Night at the Movies at home on television with our families. In stark contrast to those changing times, the reassuring glow of the great films of Hollywood’s Golden Age seemed to wash away the horrors of the evening news, restoring our hope through the dancing feet of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. In a much similar fashion, George Evans: Movie Songs brings back the pleasure by compiling some of the best-loved songs from the heyday of motion picture musicals (1932-1962) and great movie themes (1955-1965.) Featuring some of Canada’s best and brightest jazz talent, and sporting sparkling new small-band arrangements, Movie Songs is an album with broad crossover appeal that is sure to please.
Recognized as one of the foremost vocal interpreters of jazz and standards on the Canadian scene since surfacing in Montreal in the early-1990s, George Evans has been nominated National Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has been celebrated diversely as "a ballad's best friend" by All-Canadian Jazz Festival, and "an agile voice and always swinging" by the National Post. George tours actively, and has been praised for his lively, polished performances in major clubs in cities such as New York, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. He has recorded a current total of six projects as a leader, and his latest album, "Bewitched" can be heard on all the major jazz outlets.
George Evans first thrilled Toronto jazz audiences in 1999 when he launched his second album "I'm All Smiles" at the Top o' the Senator. He went on to appear there with regularity through the launch of his fifth album "Movie Songs' in 2005. Over the years George became familiar to audiences at home through frequent appearances on TVO, Bravo, and CoolTV, and through his many sessions and concerts for the CBC. George Evans was the founding member of The Three Crooners, and in 2004 he selected, sequenced, and produced the successful "Here Come The Boys: a Canadian Crooner Collection" for Maximum Jazz and Universal Music Canada.
John Sadowy - piano, Dave Watts - bass, Jim Doxas - drums, with guests: Mike Berard - classical guitar, Greg Clayton - electric guitar, Kevin Dean - trumpet, and horn section: Chet Doxas - Tenor Sax, Dave Grott - Trombone, Dave Mossing - Trumpet, (arr: Phil Dwyer)
"Movie Songs, as has been the case with all of George Evans' records here, was a smash! I love playing his music for the audience, and I hope some of the listeners have made their way up the Queen E for a chance to see George in person." Bert Gambini - WBFO, Buffalo
"Evans' confident way with a song and his effortless ability to swing brings to mind the days when male vocalists ruled the airwaves. It's obvious that he processes an honest appreciation for the classics which can make one believe he may have a contemporary of Sinatra, or Dean Martin… though his vocal tone and phrasing may be closer to the great Mark Murphy." Lawrence Williams - Jazz Review
"Definitely smooth but not smooth jazz, it's moody without being pedantic, familiar and yet fresh. A blend of a sex appeal that most of the Grand Dames of Jazz were famous for yet distinctly...oh so male!" Mary Palmer - Music Director High Plains Public Radio
"This is a very good CD -- your best so far, I think -- and one or two great songs I hadn't heard before. A special thanks for those." Peter Stevens - Jazz Tracks, CJAM
"I love this kind of thing: Smooth jazz / swing, taking on classics and lesser known numbers from years gone by, with enough originality to stop you from thinking about bad karaoke... Evans has a rich tone which works best on the ballads and torch songs, where he can enunciate and breath his own personality into the music... A delight from beginning to end." Stuart Hamilton - Zeitgeist, UK
"Once again this Canadian struts his stuff, this time on 12 cinematic masterworks (including) three Jerome Kern melodies not to be overlooked. "The Way You Look Tonight" swings tremendously... "Dearly Beloved" is a gently scatted musical delight. And Kern's unknown "I Dream Too Much" from the film of the same name is a welcome surprise. It's a dreamy lover's delight... big band singing at its grandest." "George must be doing something right. He continues to grow and amaze with each new release." Dan Singer - In Tune International