It’s as if Tom Waits and Billie Holiday had a child. Singer Marc Jordan’s voice has the uniqueness of Waits with the sheer elegance of Holiday.
Original but with a bit of flash.
‘Best Day Of My Life’ from Marc’s latest album, 'Waiting For The Sun To Rise’, spotlights these traits with a lush piano ballad backed by orchestral strings from the Prague Symphony Orchestra and a trumpet solo provided by Randy Brecker - picture a romantic movie or a beautiful first wedding dance; this song has it all. Lou Pomanti’s cinematic instrumental interludes at the beginning and middle of the album give it nice segues into Marc’s originals and covers, including Jimmy Webb’s ‘The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress’, The Blue Nile’s ‘The Downtown Lights’ and Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’. Marc has written for everyone from Cher to Zappacosta, including the great Rod Stewart whose hit, ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’, was co-written by Marc and John Capek.
This songwriting duo teams up once again on ‘Coltrane Plays The Blues’ - a melodic riff reminiscent of Steely Dan and suggesting Joni Mitchell’s jazz influence. Overall, there is a real vibe to the album.
Marc said of the recording, “This was my first project in the era of COVID so there were challenges getting people together to cut tracks and just do the usual hang as tracks are going down...which has been my process for many years. That said, it's always interesting to shake it up now and then and I think the music somehow had more urgency as a result”.
That said - the album is definitely one of his best.