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Live from the Flamingo

John Gracie

johngracie2.pngTalk about versatile. Nova Scotia's John Gracie moves back and forth like nobody's business.

So it should come as no surprise that Gracie has reinvented himself once again, this time as a crooner. That's right, an old-style, lean on the piano, wear-a-tux with the tie undone, sip on a drink and make love to the microphone. Okay, he doesn't go THAT far, but his new album is called Live From The Flamingo: A Bennett, Sinatra Salute.

For Gracie the key was to put together a classic swingin' combo, to perform these songs for swingin' lovers, 50's style. That meant real instruments, some of the Maritimes best players in the genre, including Moncton-born Georges Hebert, the guitar stalwart for most of Anne Murray's career, as well as many others. It's a big band style, just guitar, bass, keys, drums and sax, but the point here is the intimacy, and room for the players to shine.

Listen (runs 12:28)