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Moments

by Rhys Miller

A combination of "Quiet Storm" vocals, latin rhythms and classic jazz standards.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. A Day in the Life of a Fool
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4:05 album only
2. Tell Me All About It
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4:12 album only
3. Sometimes I Wonder Why
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6:38 album only
4. The Hours
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5:26 album only
5. Spain ( I Can Recall)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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RHYS MILLER
Moments
As of this writing, Rhys Miller is best known in Ohio and Atlanta since that is where he has most frequently performed. But the smooth-toned singer will certainly be attracting a national audience soon with the release of his debut recording. His voice is both strong and inviting. It is difficult not to be impressed with not only the power that he shows during his entrance on “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (which is worthy of Will Downing) but the warmth that he displays and the understanding that he gives the lyrics.
On Moments, which features Rhys’ memorable singing on five selections, he is accompanied tastefully by a rhythm section that includes pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Clayton Wright, drummer Ron Godale and a few guests. Rhys’ long tones on “Sometimes I Wonder Why” really convey the meaning of Mack David’s lyrics, he gives a fresh take to Michael Franks’ “Tell Me About It,” and he introduces his own emotional original “The Hours.” A special highpoint is his version of Chick Corea’s “ Spain ,” hinting at Al Jarreau’s famous rendition while making the song sound fresh and new.
With the current shortage of young male jazz vocalists, the arrival of Rhys Miller on the scene is a very welcome event. A versatile singer who ranges from swinging to soulful and bluesy (and sometimes all three at once), he clearly has a great future ahead of him. Moments is an important step forward for Rhys Miller.

Scott Yanow, Author of ten jazz books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Swing, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

"Rhys Miller's sound is warm and inviting and will surely put you at ease."
Don Perry - North Coast Voice

Rhys Miller is a fresh and exciting performer on the current musical landscape. With a voice that takes the "quiet storm" into a new era, Rhys makes old standards new again with his at once classic and modern sound.

Rhys began his career by playing clubs in Northern Ohio; he then branched out to explore the Atlanta music scene, where his soulful and smooth performances thrilled audiences around the region. In Atlanta, he played a number of venues including the Variety Playhouse, where he opened for such acts as Regina Belle and Pieces of a Dream as well as working with such acts as Maysa Leak, Roy Ayers, Will Downing, Jeffrey Osborne and Eric Benet.

Continuing his work in Northeast Ohio, Rhys played a command performance for the Mayor of Cleveland at City Hall, and many other venues including the famed Nighttown Restaurant
(recently named one of the Top 100 Jazz clubs by Downbeat Magazine), Playhouse Square Center, The Cleveland Play House, The Second City Cleveland and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He has also worked with local and nationally known favorites such as Dominick Farinacci, Jackie Warren, and Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta. As well as, International musicians pianist David Schmoll of Amsterdam and violinist Andrea Testa of Venice, Italy. His fan base has grown to include top club owners, entertainment professionals and radio and television personalities.

Rhys offers music companies and jazz fans alike a rhythm and vibe like no other. A performer who can harmoniously shift gears from classic jazz standards to Latin jazz to Quiet Storm, Rhys Miller hits not only those notes but everything in between.

Rhys Miller
www.rhysmiller.com
(CD cover photography courtesy of Raymundo Garza)


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candijanetybee

WOW!
Cruising around CD Baby and found this gem. The perfect mix of jazz, latin, and "loungeyness", Rhys Miller has it all in this CD. I can't stop listening to his great original "The Hours", humming "Tell Me All About It" and singing "Day In the Life of a Fool." I want to hear much, much more from this artist. I hope he has a mailing list!

Chazz

Contemporary brilliance!
You won't be able to stop listening to the smooth sounds of Rhys Miller! This 5 song EP showcases Miller's "smooth jazz" stylings and establishes him as a strong new voice in conteporary American vocal jazz. He dusts off the Michael Franks nugget TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT and updates it perfectly, taking it for a sensual spin. You can hear his soul influences towards the end of SOMETIMES I WONDER WHY. The one original, THE HOURS, shows Miller's diversity as a singer and his prowess as a songwriter. It's almost new age in theme and production, but fits remarkably well with the other songs. His version of IN SPAIN not only closes the album on a high note, it shows off his amazing band. Almost as impressive as his voice is his producton style; he masterfully drops in flutes, acoustic guitars, and cellos at just the right times, making his modern jazz vocal sound stand out from other artists. All in all, an impressive debut from an artist who will hopefully be around for years to come. The one critique I would have is that at only 5 songs, it definitely leaves you wanting to hear a full-length album from this artist. Perfect if you like Michael Franks, Kenny Rankin, Michael Buble, Raul Midon or Will Downing. Take a chance on this CD and you will not be disappointed.