Thursday, September 18, 2008
Michael Franks is Offbeat #1 jazz vocalist
Michael Franks, smooth jazz singer and songwriter, is this Offbeat blogger all-time favourite contemporary male jazz crooner
A former University Literature teacher, Franks, over the languorous course of 33 years and 16 albums, has mesmerized an international legion of fans with his one-of-a-kind artistry.
Seamlessly weaving lyrics of stunning sensuality, wit, reflection and literary eloquence over music that tastefully utilizes top shelf shadings of jazz, soul, pop, chamber and music from around the globe, Michael Franks the songwriter has set a bar in the music world that places him as nothing less than a statesman of song craft.
His best known works include “Popsicle Toes,” “Monkey See-Monkey Do,” “The Lady Wants To Know,” “When the Cookie Jar is Empty,” “Tiger in the Rain,” “Rainy Night in Tokyo” and “Tell Me All About It” (covered by artists ranging from Diana Krall (Offbeat's #1 female crooner) and Natalie Cole to Manhattan Transfer and, David Sanborn, Patti LaBelle, Brenda Russel, and the Carpenters).
Michael Franks the singer is gifted with a gentle, deliciously expressive voice - identifiable from note one.