LOVING YOU: CELEBRATING SHIRLEY HORN
Peter Campbell's supernal singing voice, attention to diction and phrasing, and respect for the meaning of a song are completely in keeping with the way Horn worked. When he sings it, you believe it. This is the kind of album that blocks out the world when you hear it… The band that joins him… is second to none, sensitively painting one perfect backdrop after another while also adding sophisticated touches in solo and surrounding stands… There's simply nothing not to love on "Loving You," so listen closely and drink it in. Here's to life, the late Shirley Horn and the incredibly present Peter Campbell.
DAN BILAWSKY, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
[Peter Campbell] will most certainly vie for top vocals of the year in Canada, if not abroad…
RAY ALEXANDER, "FASCINATIN' RHYTHM," UMFM 101.5, WINNIPEG
A distinctive voice, as honeyed as Nat Cole, Johnny Hartman and Johnny Mathis. It’s my hope that a new release by this singular voice is in the offing. Listen and then listen again. Wunderbar!
ROBERT RUSCH, CADENCE MAGAZINE: THE INDEPENDENT JOURNAL OF CREATIVE IMPROVISED MUSIC
…[a] voice eerily similar to the sepia tones of the famous line of female jazz singers from Sarah Vaughan to Cassandra Wilson…
TOM HULL, "STREAMNOTES," ON THE WEB
With the album "Here's to Life," [Shirley] Horn's approach to material and her sense of the melodic and lyrical became a benchmark. 25 years later, Campbell has made the tribute album… that Horn deserves. Fortunately, he has let the material simmer for a time, because the 'finished meat' is incredibly tender, tasteful and beautifully served. Like Horn, Campbell manages to evoke the material without forcing, and thus he appears almost familial with her. Standards like "A Time for Love," "Wild Is the Wind" and "So I Love You" are beautifully sung tunes… that entertain, keep the balance and stay on jazz's fine razor's edge - as if he were the male counterpart to Diana Krall.
IVAN ROD, GAFFA MAGAZINE, DENMARK
It’s not hard to fall in love with Shirley Horn all over again when you listen to "Loving You" by Peter Campbell. Such unabashed worship as is lavished on Miss Horn in each of these thirteen songs is completely understandable. There are… few vocalists who can sing counter-tenor like Mr. Campbell does… Campbell’s voice soars gloriously on the opening bars of “A Time for Love”… Perhaps it’s best to say that this is Shirley Horn with bells on… and yet it is not simply well-loved music by an icon in festively re-orchestrated guise… In the numerous examples that exist – retaining Shirley Horn’s harmonies… and, secondly, elaborating and enriching them… Peter Campbell does bring both these features to the music that Shirley Horn made her own. Both Peter Campbell and Mark Kieswetter… call on wonderfully imaginative orchestral techniques… While he does nothing to overpower his musicians, Peter Campbell [purifies] the glory of Shirley Horn as [he] “[shakes] the heav’ns and the earth”…
RAUL DA GAMA, TORONTO MUSIC REPORT
You wouldn't expect a male vocalist to do a singing tribute to Shirley Horn and that's what makes change ups so much fun. Letting others provide the music, Campbell provides the vocals and does it in a most soulful, on target way. Horn was an original and Campbell captures her phrasing and vibe so well that you wish they would have been able to do duets. Certainly a very special treat for all of Horn's fans.
CHRIS SPECTOR, MIDWEST RECORD
Peter Campbell… is magical on this disc…
WEMU FM 89.1, NPR, MICHIGAN
[Peter] can sing my songs anytime and make me proud…
ARTIE BUTLER, PRODUCER, ARRANGER AND COMPOSER OF THE CONTEMPORARY STANDARD "HERE'S TO LIFE"
I enjoyed the intimacy of the ensemble… and the understated elegance of the solos. It was easy to hear and recognize the affection that Peter has for the music of Shirley Horn. Her shadow is present in every note on this recording.
RON STEEDS, "IN A MELLOW TONE," CKCU FM 93.1, OTTAWA
… an affectionate tribute to pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn. Campbell's style on this disc mirrors Horn's, with his careful, thoughtful phrasing, clarity of tone and overall sense of storytelling… Campbell is joined by a top-class band including some very melodic, understated piano from Mark Kieswetter.
SALLY EVANS-DARBY, JAZZ JOURNAL UK
Campbell approaches each song with care and feeling. Horn often chose songs that were a bit off of the beaten path, and Campbell has followed her in his choice of material. Overall, the program is tasty and full of carefully crafted lyrics that Campbell approaches with sensitivity, conveying the essence of the words in an understated, but deeply understanding manner. His tribute to Horn’s musical legacy is heartfelt and should appeal to those who admired her work.
JOE LANG, JOURNAL OF THE NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY
… a lovely tribute to the great Shirley Horn…
PETER FELDMAN, "SWING IS IN THE AIR," CKCU FM 93.1, OTTAWA
Tenor [Peter] Campbell has a near operatic voice, and he gently caresses the elegantly romantic melodies favored by the supremely disciplined and artful pianist/singer Horn. The arrangements… are perfect settings for the repertoire. It's all wonderful listening, but of particular excellence is Dmitri Tiomkin's "Wild is the Wind.”
HOBART TAYLOR, KUCI FM 88.9, IRVINE, CALIFORNIA
The uniquely talented jazz pianist/vocalist Shirley Horn… was the inspiration for this album of her songs by Peter Campbell, and he lovingly delivers each one with warmth and feeling… Recommended, not only for Campbell’s “liquid gold” vocals but also for the solos from the jazzmen backing his efforts.
BOB RENY, JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JAZZ RECORD COLLECTORS
… there are many charms to the performances in addition to Campbell's heartfelt singing… there is trumpeter Turcotte's haunting trumpet on "Wild Is The Wind," or "Forget Me," or guitarist Schwager's fleet bluesy playing on "Sharing the Night with the Blues." "There's No You" has a crisp, economical solo from Kieswetter. The title track is a marvelous duet by Campbell and his pianist and musical director… It is so telling of Shirley Horn's impact years after she passed that she inspired Campbell and this engaging, heartfelt tribute.
RON WEINSTOCK, "IN A BLUE MOOD"
In this celebration of Horn’s recordings, Campbell utilizes her influence as he performs 13 Horn songs with clarity, musicality and respect while simultaneously creating his own sound… Campbell performs with clear diction, phrasing and vocal colour. He is accompanied by a stellar group of musicians… Inventive arrangements by Campbell and Kieswetter, and smart instrumental improvisations support Campbell’s moving renditions to make this a great musical gift to his musical hero Shirley Horn.
TIINA KIIK, THE WHOLE NOTE