by Jeff Becker
Peter Liu though new on the vocal jazz scene, has a unique sensibility to swing. Backed by veteran pianist Peter Hum, bassist Normand Glaude, drummer Tim Shia and a new name to me Scott Poll on clarinet, create a convincing canvas for Liu to colorize.
Liu weaves his way through a songbook of well-known standards with enticing arrangements that give a certain sparkle to each cut. A very special cut on the album is “Shanghai Tan” fashioned in a jazz swing feel – but sung in Chinese and “Gan Lan Shu” a beautifully introspective and spacious ballad with dramatic sweeps and fills handled by the backing musicians with sincere technique. Liu has an easy going effervescence to his vocal style; it’s honest and organic in nature, a very pleasing listen throughout.
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