Matt Monro is one of the greatest singers in the history of both jazz and popular mainstream music. It’s been just over two decades since the world lost this vocal giant. But thanks to work from his daughter, Michele, and the people at EMI, Monro’s legions of fans worldwide get to experience many of his greatest songs thanks to the 2010 release of “The Greatest Matt Monro.”
“The Greatest Matt Monro” is a fitting title for this recent compilation. There are many people out there who know of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and so many other vocal legends. But there are just as many who don’t know about Matt Monro. This compilation could change all of that. It includes many of his own pieces, as well as covers of other greats such as ‘Fly Me to The Moon (In Other Words)’ and ‘Yesterday’ among others. Most audiences know ‘Fly Me to The Moon (In Other Words)’ thanks to Frank Sinatra. But Monro’s rendition of the hit gives it a whole different life. It’s a much smoother take on the song. And his take on ‘Yesterday’ is just as powerful as the original.
This compilation also has more than enough songs to make for plenty of memorable moments for couples and happy couples to be. From ‘Let There Be Love’ to ‘When I Fall in Love’, to ‘The Nearness of You’, there is plenty of material for a romantic moment any time of the year. And the control that Monro had over his voice shows through in every song. He was able to capture every little nuance of every song. That ability to voice so much emotion so beautifully makes this compilation an absolute must have for any true jazz fan. It’s just as beautiful an introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the work of a man who is at least one of the Greatest–if not THE Greatest–vocalists of all time.
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