The weekly online radio series Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz is back and is now available for download at Rockwired.com and features an exclusive interview with romance crooner Steve Tyrell regarding his brand new release I'll Take Romance. In the opening segment, Tyrell discusses the inspiration behind the tracks of his new CD, comining up as a hot shot producer and working with Brill Building luminaries such as Cynthis Weill and Barry Mann and paying homage to the late great Etta james. The second half of this edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music from such jazz and blues artists as Kenny Love, Mozik, Marilyn Mcleod, Tom Wopat, Jason Hemmens and more. After being gone for about three months, it is great to finally be back and doing this show again. says Jazzed and Blue host Brian Lush. It's a real treat to end a long week with a show like this and to kick back and listen to some great music."
Often cited as the world's true romance crooner" and proponent of all things love, legendary jazz balladeer Steve Tyrell will release his new collection, I'll Take Romance on February 7th, 2012. His Concord Records debut, I'll Take Romance, features 12 tracks with Tyrell, backed by his band along with a String Orchestra. The release of I'll Take Romance will be accompanied by tour dates across the country, including his annual seven week run at New York City's legendary Café Carlyle, where he replaced Manhattan icon Bobby Short seven years ago.
Inspired by Chelsea Clinton's choice of his version of The Way You Look Tonight" for the first dance at her wedding (as told to Tyrell at last year's Café Carlyle engagement by proud Papa Bill Clinton), Tyrell then decided that his next studio recording should be an album consisting purely of romantic standards- an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance.
Featuring such gems as That's All," Taking a Chance On Love," All of You" and the title track, Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits At Last" and Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's Talk to Me."
In addition, Tyrell included a couple of songs that much of his audience would be discovering for the first time. During the 1960s, when he was a player in pop's celebrated Brill Building Sound," Tyrell became close friends, and subsequently partners, with the hit songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. From the vast Mann-Weil catalog, he has selected the relatively obscure gem You Turn Me Around." Written in the early 1970s (and originally recorded by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers), says Tyrell, It's a real find! It's a song I've known for a long time, and always wanted to do." Also included by Mann and Weil is Don't Know Much," a Grammy winning song that he produced with Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. Of newer vintage is David Foster and Linda Thompson's A Love That Will Last."