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Mr. Z

by Zaxariades

Bebop vocalese meets Brazilian bossa and Mediterranean world music in a most musical melange.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Come on Home
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2. Miss Flora
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3. Follow the Sun
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4. Moody's Mood for Love
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5. Thalassa
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6. In Between Our Lives
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7. Tell Me the Truth
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8. Desafinado
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9. Cuidado
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10. Estate
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Zaxariades -- formerly known as Bruce Scott -- has enjoyed several incarnations in the entertainment industry. As a boy in New York City, he sang at the Metropolitan Opera. As a teenager he appeared in numerous films, including "Hang 'em High," with Clint Eastwood. As a young man he appeared on Broadway in many hit shows, including "The Lion in Winter" with Christopher Walken and "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" with Al Pacino. As an adult, he starred in the cult film classic "Flesh Gordon." And as a mature musical artist he toured the world for six years with the legendary master of vocalese, Jon Hendricks. Indeed, Zaxariades is the only other singer beside the late Dave Lambert to have performed onstage (at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, in 1986) with Hendricks and Annie Ross.

An electrifying live performer, Zaxariades sings in five languages, plays six instruments, and is generally recognized at the reigning master of bebop vocalizing.

His album, "Mr. Z," features four original compositions, as well as "Tell Me the Truth," a Jon Hendricks gem previously recorded only once before -- by the composer.


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Grant

I am totally blown away with Mr. Z's versatility. A rare talent! An absolutely
This CD shows the amazing versatilty of this gifted artist. After listening to Mr. Z's CD over a dozen times, I still find it refreshingly new and exciting. This CD is a must-have for any jazz music fan. I can hardly wait for his next CD.

Don Heckman, Los Angeles TIMES

Astonishing
Fans of envelope-stretching vocal music, sung with galvanizing spirit and enthusiasm, would do well to check the club listings for every opportunity to hear this remarkable artist in action. His names have been as varied as his career. Call him by his birth name, Zaxariades, or by the more truncated title on his new CD, "Mr. Z." Or call him Bruce Scott, the appellation he used during a lengthy acting career including a role in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and an appearance in the cult "Flesh Gordon" movies. But the words that kept coming to mind during his electrifying performance have less to do with labels than with astonishment over the range, diversity and depth of his performing skills.

Dick Crockett, "The Voice" 88.7 FM Sacramento

A Rare One
A jazz singer who is really on top of his material is hard to beat! That’s Zaxariades, a superb vocalist/guitarist with a clear distinctive vocal range of a BillyEckstine/Johnny Ray, especially on the incredible Lennon/Mc Cartney ballad. “I’ll Follow The Sun.” Then with a command that Mark Murphy and Giacomo Gates can muster, the Z-man nails with only a bass accompaniment King Pleasure’s “Moody’s Mood For Love,” bops to Jon Hendricks “Come On Home,” “Tell Me The Truth,” and Miles Davis' “Four.” Zaxariades also lends his own ballads, “Thalassa" and “In Between Our Lives,” with a rare quality of a Jon Lucuien. Then an original, “Cuidado,” a Samba/ bop romance. “Estate,” a warm Italian romance, and finally Miles Davis's “Four,” with lyrics by Jon Hendricks. Zaxariades is one of those rare accomplished jazz vocalists who says: “Listen, if you haven’t yet...cause I’ve been here all along.”

Jim Santella, LA JAZZ SCENE

Unforgettable
Zaxariades brings back the unforgettable vocalese flavor that few singers can manage as well. He promises to remain a vibrant part of the jazz scene for many years to come.

LA JAZZ SCENE

Amazing!
Mr. Z. should be known as Mr. Amazing. He's quite a performer!

Jon Hendricks

My Son
I consider Zaxariades my son, both spiritually and musically. There's no one better out there to carry on my legacy.