Thursday, July 26, 2012

Now available at Middle Eight Music, My Funny Valentine, the stunning new CD from Tim Draxl!


Tim Draxl My Funny Valentine

Stunning new studio album from Tim Draxl based on his sell-out cabaret show based on the songs of Chet Baker.

In 2009 Producer/writer Bryce Hallett and Tim Draxl created the show FREEWAY - The Chet Baker Journey based on the brilliant talent and extraordinary life of famous singer and musician Chet Baker. The show began life at the tiny yet legendary jazz club El Rocco in Kings Cross, Sydney attracting audiences from 18 to 80 and was met with universal praise.

Broadway star Lillias White fell in love with Tim Draxl's restrained and seductive voice while the Australian theatre director Jim Sharman responded to the intimacy and haunting tone of Freeway. He said: "The experience felt akin to seeing Chet Baker in one of those smoky, over-crowded joints he played in LA." A familiar comment after each performance has been, "who needs Michael Buble when you've got Tim Draxl", a sentiment echoed at last year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival where it played to sellout crowds. When Kate Ceberano, an avowed Chet Baker fan, saw Freeway in Adelaide last year she was quickly seduced. "Tim is a great singer, a natural actor and a massive spunk to boot," she said. "Add that to the sounds and songbook of the late, great Chet Baker and it's a marriage made in jazz heaven."

Many fans wanted to know when an album would be released. Finallly the time has come. Freeway co-writer and associate producer Bryce Hallett says he is delighted that Fanfare Records has chosen to sign Tim Draxl and champion one of Australia's finest singing talents. He says... "The album, like the biographical show itself, will enable younger audiences to discover something of the spirit and sound of Chet Baker who came to be known as "the Prince of Cool" in the '50s. Tim Draxl has a natural affinity with the tender style and mystique of Chet Baker which is evident in his phrasing and his sensuous interpretations of classic songs such as My Funny Valentine and You Don't Know What Love Is...he delves deep into the lyrics of each song and the effect is effortless and spellbinding. The sound is all the richer for the magic and skills of the musicians who are part of the Freeway family: the gifted jazz veterans Ray Alldridge (piano) and Dave Ellis (double bass), the talented young trumpeter Eamon McNelis and the fine drummer Ben Hendry."

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