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Jason Danieley and the Frontier Heroes
Broadway star Jason Danieley (Full Monty, Candide and the recent Curtains) returns to his familial roots with his new album, JASON DANIELEY AND THE FRONTIER HEROES. Following up on his acclaimed album of duets with wife Ma... more »
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Broadway star Jason Danieley (Full Monty, Candide and the recent Curtains) returns to his familial roots with his new album, JASON DANIELEY AND THE FRONTIER HEROES. Following up on his acclaimed album of duets with wife Marin Mazzie, OPPOSITE YOU, Danieley charts a new musical path that fuses ragtime, blues, country, folk, gospel and Broadway standards. Danieley graciously enfolds songs by Loudon Wainwright, Leslie Bricusse, George Michael, Lionel Bart and Stevie Wonder, among others, in an eclectic back-porch Americana sound that owes much to his St. Louis upbringing and that fully showcases his dynamic vocal versatility.
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J. Smith | Northland, New Zealand | 11/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seldom do I see reviews on Amazon from listeners in New Zealand. The great mail-order store works at its best delivering to people like me, located 8,000 miles across the Pacific from LA. The Jason Danieley and the Frontier Heroes self-titled album travels well here.
It's a great album. The country-esque treatment of most of the songs is jaunty and bright. According to the album notes this is "Americana", and the range of songs rattles and plunks its way through the decades since the Great Depression. The last one.
Ukeleles and banjos were used a lot then, too. They are quite dominant as a sound in the band in this recording. There is a particular brightness they give, especially in the very new arrangements of old familiar tunes. Brit music - such as the great love song from from Lionel Bart's 'Oliver!' - is newly minted, up-tempo'd and gender swapped.
Inclusion of George Michael's "Something to Save" from 1990 (Listen Without Prejudice album), clearly Brit pop, is also away from the Americana songbook. But it'll make you sit up and listen to Danieley's voice. If you're not hooked by the time you get to track 5, you clearly travelling in the wrong direction.
Danieley has come a long way since Floyd Collins, though this album shares similar roots. His tenor is not so high as when in Candide, not so frustrated as in Curtains. It feels like this album is a home-coming for him. It has authenticity written all over it. This makes it travel well, across distance as well as through time."
Heroic and Heavenly!
Diana Laurence | Wisconsin | 12/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was already in love with Jason's voice when I first listened to this CD, and was delighted to find his vocals are but one of the components that make it pure joy. The song selections are eclectic and every one a winner. The arrangements are superb and all the instrumentalists are brilliant--the fact that a Jasonophile was this enamored of all the Heroes proves that. It truly is hard to take this disk out of your CD player! The man with the heavenly voice has found himself a heavenly band to match. Jason, please record another one ASAP!"
Vibrant Original Voice
Martin Moran Jr. | New York, New York | 11/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every song on this wonderful CD is a vibrant surprise. This unusual collection of tunes brings alive a kind of classic Americana with stunning musicianship and real class. Jason Danieley's voice is thrilling and his ensemble plays the great arrangements with mastery and joy. What a great CD!"