The mature Jones
Wwidely and perhaps rightly so for singing the schmaltzy theme to the schmaltzy TV show "The Love Boat" in the late '70s, Jack Jones was generally dismissed by the younger crowd as a sort of silver-maned Wayne Newton.
And while he's still no Sinatra, Jones shows no his latest release that he's far more than a well-dressed lounge lizard. In fact, if there's a complaint with "The Gershwin Album," it's that arrangements are too lush, intruding on Jones' warmly interpretive vocals.
His readings of classic Gershwin tunes such as "Embraceable You," "I've Got a Crush on You" and "But Not for Me" are, well, hip. These are songs that convey the hope and tragedy of human existence, and it takes a skilled singer a Sinatra, a Tony Bennett to breathe life into them. This Jones does, showing an artistic maturity, an artistry that places him among the first rank of vocalists.
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