Jim Ferguson

Not Just Another Pretty Bass

Challenge Records

Personnel:
Jim Ferguson (vcl, b), Chris Potter (ts), Pat Coil (p), Jim White (d)

Reference: AL 73160 CD

Bar code: 0608917316025

Tracklist

01. Not Just Another Pretty Bass (Jim Ferguson) 4:53
02. Early Autumn (Burns-Herman-Mercer) 6:29
03. Blame It On My Youth (Levant-Heyman) 5:39
04. While We're Young (Wilder-Palitz-Engvik) 5:04
05. South To A Warmer Place (Wilder-McGlohon) 5:24
06. Swingin' Machine (Mose Allison) 2:47
07. Lazy Afternoon (Latouche-Moross) 5:35
08. Charade (Mancini-Mercer) 5:25
09. The Real Thing (Mulligan-Tormé) 5:35
10. Autumn Serenade (Gallup-DeRose) 5:22
11. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Hoagy Carmichael) 5:14

Album details

Total time: 57:24 min.

Personnel:
Jim Ferguson (vocals, bass), Chris Potter (tenor sax), Pat Coil (piano), Jim White (drums).
Recorded at Wildwood Recording, Nashville, Tennessee, June 1, 1999

Engineered & Mixed by Brendan Harkin
Mastered by Mike Haynes at 440 Digital
Photography: Richard Crichton
Sleeve design: Vincentia Grafische Vormgeving
Liner notes by Will Friedwald

Produced by Jack Jezzro
Production co-ordination: Angelo Verploegen

Press reviews

"Gerry Mulligan once said "cute and jazz don't mix," but Nashville-based bassist/vocalist Jim Ferguson is making a good go of it. Decidedly not like Slam Stewart but hinting slightly at David Frishberg kitsch or Mose Allison bluesiness, Ferguson goes for the heart via mostly love songs with a unique voice that is hard to compare to any others, save for a few lounge singers. His consistent mid-range croon and occasional slight vibrato might suggest Johnny Mathis, if anyone. He's also a fine bassist, acknowledging the influence of Red Mitchell. The majority of the disc has him patiently, clearly enunciating balladic themes of longing like "Blame It on My Youth," "South to a Warmer Place," "The Real Thing," and the midnight blue "Lazy Afternoon." "Early Autumn" is done bossa nova style, "While We're Young" and "Charade" are waltzes, the latter a nice arrangement, and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" quite tearful. The title track is a little more progressive and atypical, an upbeat number with ostinato phrases that are a diving board for Ferguson's animated lyrics and an opportunity for the band to trade fours. Mose Allison's "Swingin' Machine" also allows us to hear another less serious, matter of fact side. The contributions of tenor saxophonist Chris Potter throughout must be mentioned. He adds a winsome, willowy gingersnap flavor on his fills and solos.

This CD will appeal to a specific audience, perhaps a less jazz oriented one, but nonetheless covers a niche in the singer/bassist subgenre, of which no others except the immortal Slam Stewart (and his style was quite apart from Ferguson's, more scattable and in unison with his bass) have attempted."

Michael G. Nastos -All Music Guide

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