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Vocalist Andrew Suvalsky delivers a catchy scat shuffling reminiscent of Count Basie with the smooth sheen of Nat King Cole on his second offering, A World That Swings from LML Music. The album is a mix of standards from American Songbook composers like Cole Porter’s “Night And Day” and Irving Berlin’s “How Deep Is The Ocean?” with a topping of bossa nova tunes like Juan Tizol’s “Perdido” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba” augmented by side dishes of classic pop tracks like Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s collaboration “Fool On The Hill.” The songs arrangements are effective in drawing out the power of swing-jazz, grabbing audiences by the shirt collar and with Suvalsky’s vocals in the mix, they become gems that hold audiences captive.

Suvalsky modernizes swing-jazz favorites like Oscar Hammerstein’s “Lover, Come Back To Me” and “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise” for contemporary generations to connect with, and experience the flickering beats and romantic jaunts that previous generations once enjoyed. Suvalsky embraces these songs as if they were his own, stoking their glistening embers and caressing their tendrils. He becomes so involved in the vocal melodies that he takes the lead through the dance steps without apprehension, like in the energetic leaps he makes across “Night And Day” reinventing this Cole Porter tune with festive scat shimmies and perky lifts. Suvalsky makes life seem so eventful in his delivery, brandishing a chic-style jazz in Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” with a stream of sultry curves and in Lennon/McCartney’s song “Fool On The Hill” with emotive vocal dips that recall of Nat King Cole. When he sings, “Daddy, can I have that big elephant over there” from Bobby Timmons and Oscar Brown’s tune “Dat Dere,” he does it with such sophistication that the slang phrase resonates with a universal meaning.

Suvalsky’s covers of jazz standards and classic pop tunes on A World That Swings pays homage to these iconic composers while enabling Suvalsky to wrap himself in these vintage sheets. A World That Swings follows his debut album, Vintage Pop And The Jazz Sides (2006) and further entrenches Suvalsky in the fires of jazz music’s hearth.

Susan Frances, Jazz Time

Andrew Suvalsky, an American born jazz singer living in New York City, is also a successful interior designer. ”A World That Swings”) is his 2nd released album, following his debut recording, “Vintage Pop and the Jazz Sides” (2006 release). The songs from his new recording largely borrowed from the Great American Songbook, are balanced against a few Latin and and more modern selections.

The musicians on “World That Swings” are of the younger generation of very talented jazz players. Most have released their own albums. (The guitarist Peter Bernstein has played in Finland in the Fall of 2000 at Malmitalo).

About Maestro Suvalsky: He is surely on the same road as Tormé and Sinatra. He is influenced by and emerging from the shadows of these greats, and while it would be difficult for any artist to overcome this legacy, Suvalsky is one the hot new cats we should be eager to see come up and to hear sing. Andy’s voice is smooth and silky, with shades of a true tenor. He can be compared with Bublé and Connick Jr., but in his own right is as good as they and perhaps even nicer to listen to.

—Aimo Ollikainen (Translated from Finnish), Blues News, Finland

His vocals caress the follicles of the tympanic membrane with the buffed shimmies of Ella Fitzgerald, the crisp indentations of Mel Torme, and the debonair flare of Dean Martin. His re-inventions show the classy sophistication of old-fashioned swing and the promise of attaining iconic status.

—Susan Frances, Jazz Review

If it’s swing you’re looking for, look no further than Andrew Suvalsky’s sophomore collection of the Great American Songbook with the finest songwriters from its heyday, including Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Harold Arlen, as well as pop geniuses John Lennon & Paul McCartney and Carole King’s contemporary songs sung with a twist.

Suvalsky swings with the best of them (them being Torme, Sinatra, Vaughan and Fitzgerald) and keeps up with contemporaries such as Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr. as if he was born to sing these standards in his own inimitable style. “Lover, Come Back To Me” begins the set and continues the sensational swing of the piano, bass, drum and guitar with the occasional flute and alto sax for one of the best versions of this standard.

I’ve never heard Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” quite this way, and I’m sure Ms. King would be thrilled to hear her smash hit reinvented in such a unique manner. It’s simply sensational. The Beatles’ “Fool On The Hill” was always a favorite of mine and Suvalsky continues my love affair with this song as he embraces it in the way that any Lennon/McCartney song deserves to be treated. Suvalsky also shows off his versatility with a flare for the Latin genre with spicy renditions of “One Note Samba” and “Corcovado (Quiet Nights),” both written by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Of the thirteen tracks, a couple of songs are slowed down to perfection, with sultry versions of “When The Sun Comes Out” and a smashing rendition of Irving Berlin’s masterpiece “How Deep Is The Ocean?” The album closes with one of the most energetic versions of “Night And Day” that has ever been recorded. It’s an all out jazz-fest and we, the audience, are the lucky ones as we feast on one of the sexiest jazz albums to date. Once word gets out about this album, Suvalsky’s name should begin to become as familiar as his aforementioned contemporaries.

—Steven Housman, The Bottom Line
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