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""And All That Jazz""

CD Pick of theWeek Craig Heesch From Out Of The Wings
Not since David Allen, Frank Sinatra, or Buddy Greco have I been so impressed with a vocalist.
This album is an introduction to one of the most natural voices to come along in some time. This is a vocalist who is natural in his interpretation of some of the greatest songs ever put on paper. Heesch has depth and range, and a basic knowlege of each selection that moves very well. He also has an easy enunciation that permits variety in interpretive phrasing. Right from the start, Heesch captures the bubbling personality of Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away From Me, and blends with the serenity of Lowe, Mann, Weiss' Put Your Dreams Away.
In all of the sixteen songs, he does a superior job of interpretation. Heesch is in top form here that depicts a voice rich, deep in feeling and communicating a warmth that enhances the excellent song material. Some of my favorites are Come Fly With Me, Somewhere Along The Way, Night And Day, and Softly.
A word of advice: do not attempt to listen to this release all at a sitting. You will probably obtain a better insight if you listen to a single song two or three times before going onto the next. The extra effort will be amply repaid. By the way, if you only purchase one record this year, this one is money well spent. It is available at Post Office Box 1942, Fallbrook, CA 92088 or... music stores.

- Monterey County Post


"Sweet Sounds"

After decades of sidelining his singing for another career, Craig Heesch has returned to his first love with a romantic CD, "From Out of the Wings."
Craig Heesch has been a singer his whole life, and after a decades-long hiatus while he pursued a career in proprietary precision technology, he's at last back to his first love-with a new album to prove it. As a toddler, Heesch spent his nap time standing in his crib, crooning along with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and others on the radio. His debut on a Portland, Ore., high shool stage at 15 set the girls screaming as soon as he started singing "P.S., I Love You."
In 1963, after moving to Los Angeles, he signed on with Overland Records as Craig Adams, writing and recording his own songs. One, " The Girl with the Golden Hair," was featured in a Hollywood film starring Jane Mansfield. Later, U.S. Armed Forces worldwide heard his voice, along with those of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, in a U.S.O. release titled"Dream Girl Waltz".

It looked like his singing career was on its way when it got sidetracked by one of his patents... He's back with :From Out of the Wings,: named for a a comment made by Mel Torme years ago after a Portland concert. Speaking of the future, Torme told Heesch, " After Sinatra and I leave, there will be no more crooners from our generation on the scene. Now is the time for you to emerge from out of the wings."
Subsequent encouragement from Jim Pike, one of the original Lettermen, now performing as Reunion, set the wheels in motion. Heesch's CD,... takes you back to the days when high school dances featured dance bands (and real dancing with actual dance steps), vlevet -voiced singers, and musicial instruments besides guitars and drum sets...
There are sweet, orchestra backed renditions of "As Time Goes By, "Softly, As I leave You" and "I'll Be Seeing You," as well as bigp band standards. "They Can't Take That Away," "Come Fly WIth Me," and "Come Rain or Come Shine". Heesch's voice is equally adept with smooth love songs, big-band belt, or jazz flavored tunes like :Night and Day" and "I've Got You Under My Skin".
It's the sort of album that makes you want to light some candles, then grab your partner and dance the night away... - Meridian Magazine


Discography

Girl With the Golden Hair, Don't Go Away, Dream Girl

Album: From Out of the Wings
Played on radio stations throughout the country
Currently streaming "I'll Be Seeing You"

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Bio

Mel Torme encouraged Craig to come out of the wings when he stated, there would be no more crooners when he and Sinatra left the scene, thus the name for Craig's new album on American Jazz Records, "From Out Of the Wings." With encouragement of Jim Pike of The Lettermen fame, Craig returns to perform the timeless songs he sang as a younger performer. KNRY Jazz Authority Johnny Adams wrote, "Not since David Allen, Frank Sinatra or Buddy Greco have I been so impressed with a vocalist". "Seldom does a voice like this come along." Jim Pike Recently invited as guest artist with the Seoul Pops Orchestra in Korea.
His new album will release on Oct. 1, 2006 and will feature the great clairinetist and tenor sax player, Eddie Daniels.

Craig brings a fresh romantic presentation to the great American standards in a way that others will come to appreciate the music he loves to sing. He wants to keep these songs alive, to maintain and and develope the appreciation of a new audience.