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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Killing Me Softly With His Song - Zim Zemarel


Killing Me Softly With His Song

Killing Me Softly With His Song
Zim Zemarel and His Orchestra
Produced by Zim Zemarel
Cover Design: Bill Barnes
Photography: Slick Lawson
Recorded at Itiri Studios, Baltimore, MD
Recording Engineer: George Motion
Harmony KH 32248


Trumpets: Emil Rusinko, Bunny Carfagno, Ray Moore & Frank Chemay
Saxophones: Franny King (Alto), Al Sigismondi (Alto), Gene Bonner (Tenor), Clemy Dalfonso (Tenor) & Alan Lawson (Baritone)
Trombones: Bill Taylor, John Melick, Ric Rollins & John Gifford
Rhythm Section: Eddie Long (Piano), Dave Tucker (Drums), Ashton Fletcher (Bass)
Vocalists: Zim Zemarel (Leader) & Ron Richards

From the back cover: In the Baltimore and Maryland area, the two are synonymous. SWAZZÉ (pronounced sea-zay) is a word coined by Zim to describe his beat, his sound. But it's more than that. It's an Attitude! With Zim Zemarel, everything right is Swazzé. And when you meet him and hear his music, the word really takes on meaning. This is a happy man... a contented man... who plays music that makes you feel great. That's Zim. That's SWAZZÉ!

So this is it! Zim's first LP. His "Big Band" Swazzé sound with variety from "Rock" to "Chopin". Two of the numbers feature Zim on the vocal, namely: :"God Is Abundant" and "I Wish You Love." He sounds like a mixture of Louis Armstrong and Mel Torme. There is warmth and feeling in his voice, a melodic projection of the man. A man at peace with himself and the world. The result is pleasant. The sound satisfies.

God Is Abundant
I Wish You Love
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Me And Mrs. Jones
Saturday Night
It's Impossible
We've Only Just Begun

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