E. J. Decker A Job Of Work (Tales of the Great Recession) CD Release Event

E. J. Decker A Job Of Work (Tales of the Great Recession) CD Release Event Friday, March 14, 2014 Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar Featuring
E. J. Decker, vocals, Claire Daly, baritone sax, Elizabeth Frascoia, trombone, Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano, Saadi Zain, bass, Jacob Melchior, drums

Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar
254 W.72nd St.
(bet. Bdwy & West End Ave.)
[Subway: 1, 2, 3 trains to 72nd St. express stop. All westside buses.]
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

> A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession), an album of stories, provides a jazz take on the economic collapse. This timely blues & ballad-rich project, which Decker refers to as "low notes for low times, " features E. J.'s rich, baritone voice and his re-arrangements of nine jazz standards, plus jazz thoughts on three folk & country tunes, as he explores the impact the Great Recession has had on the lives of average people across the land. The collapse has hit every community, and A Job of Work seeks to tell the stories of people and communities who have survived the last seven years, as well as those who have not, balancing the light with the dark. After all the stories have been told, the emotion that remains is hope.
> A Job of Work contains complete liner notes by noted jazz radio host, the late Bobby Jackson.
> Response to E. J. Decker and A Job of Work:
> "E. J. Decker has a strong voice touched by that of Billy Eckstine, although he has his own sound."
> —Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
> "… A great sounding voice. You certainly are my taste! I just love your sound."
> —Sheila Jordan, NEA Jazz Master, jazz vocalist
> "[The] take on "Street Of Dreams" is one of the very best I've heard, and "Cottage For Sale" was heartbreaking. … Music which obviously comes from the heart."
> —John Segers, WUCF-FM, Orlando, FL
> "The stories you tell through these songs are wonderful ... your writing is something special."
> —Eric Cohen, WAER Radio, Syracuse, NY
> "A wild set of quiet fire that has 'after hours' written all over it ... a set to keep in mind when you want to encounter something completely different."
> —Chris Spector, Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL
> "A well thought out and beautifully arranged CD."
> —Elliott Ames, WVOX, White Plains, NY
> "[A] voice that has the smoothness of the late Barry White. But, unlike Barry, we are hit with the raspiness of a mountain lion. Check it out."
> —John Shelton Ivany, TOP 21 Magazine, National News Bureau

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