Keiter describes himself as "helpless romantic". The best requirement
as composer and jazz vocalist for a collection of love songs, he has
released under the significant title The Glory of Love. What
does predestine a singer to intone love songs? Certainly a break-up of
a long-lasting marriage.
Rob Keiter comments: “Even though I had lost love, I wanted to sing
love songs because I still believe in love. Having sung my entire
life, I would say that I truly found my voice as a result of that
experience (in the studio).”
Rob is accompanied on several of the
tracks by Randy Brecker (trumpet), Amber Whitlock (vocals), Rob
Whitlock (piano), Trey Henry (bass), Cliff Almond (drums), Pat Kelly
(guitar). The horns are delivered by Wayne Bergeron (trumpet,
flugelhorn), Andy Martin (trombone) and John Rekevics (sax, flute).
Rob introduces into his new album with This Nearly Was Mine
from the musical South Pacific.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein composed this very popular
musical. Some of Rodgers' songs, such as My Funny Valentine and
The Lady is a Tramp have become jazz standards. The heartfelt
song about a soldier and his beloved woman is well interpreted by Rob
Keiter accompanied by the emotional trumpet of Randy Brecker.
Looking For Another Pure Love was composed by Stevie Wonder for
his groundbreaking album Talking Book (1972). Rob performs the
song with great nonchalance.
Rob Whitlock's brilliant
piano play transfers the song into the jazz realm.
Laughter in the Rain, a song recorded by Neil Sedaka and
written by Sedaka and Phil Cody, is also re-natured in the jazz
spirit. Rob showcases his skills as a scat singer, he developed during
his time at the University of Texas. The Glory of Love was a
major hit by American songwriter Billy Hill originally performed by
Benny Goodman, newly interpreted in a duet of Rob Keiter and Amber
Alfie is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the
same-titled movie in 1966. The popular song was often covered by Cher,
Dione Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Bill Evans and many more. Rob treats the
song with his own vision of sensibility. For No One is a
composition of the Beatles legend Paul McCartney. A baroque pop song
about the end of a relationship, it is one of McCartney's most mature
and poignant works to date. Rob delivers his own contemporary version.
Michel Legand's masterpiece What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your
Life was composed for the movie The Happy Ending. Chris
Botti and Sting performed a Grammy awarded cover version in 2006. Rob
Keiter's rendition excels with finest instrumentation. Get Happy
is a song composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by Ted
Koehler. A jazz classic destined for Rob's scat escapade.
Our Loving Eyes, a ballad penned by Kathie Lee Gifford and Phil
Sillas is a great inspiration for Rob Keiter. "This song encompasses
the absolute devotion of love and romance. It represents longevity and
the commitment to marriage." Grateful For A Pleasant Trip is a
song Amber and Rob Whitlock tailored just for Rob. Burt Bacharach's
What The World Needs Now finds a more traditional treat by Keiter.
Remarkable Brecker's trumpet solo.
You Are My Heaven is another Stevie Wonder rendition with an
astounding contemporary jazz arrangement. A worthy completition of
this fine collection of love songs.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: The Glory of Love
Artist: Rob Keiter
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Sketchin' Records
01 This Nearly Was Mine [5:21]
02 Looking For Another Pure Love [5:25]
03 Laughter in the Rain [4:53]
04 The Glory of Love [3:35]
05 Alfie [3:10]
06 For No One [4:20]
07 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life [6:28]
08 Get Happy [3:49]
09 Our Loving Eyes [6:16]
10 Grateful For A Pleasant Trip [4:25]
11 What The World Needs Now [5:14]
12 You Are My Heaven [4:38]