Girl from Ipanema includes an interesting vocal and saxophone duet during the bridge.
There is a lovely classical performance of Ave Maria - one of the few versions that is true to the Shubert composition - by Sid Wolf on the guitar with Elliott as the vocalist.
The styling of the vocals and instrumentals is so versatile that you can get the impression that each song was performed by a different vocalist and different musicians. Among the seven songs, 4 different keys are used.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Will Scruggs developed the vocal and instrumental arrangements. He plays the saxophone with the legendary skill that enabled him to be voted best college jazz player in Georgia and Alabama, and he was the first student to graduate from the prestigious Emory University with honors in jazz performance.
Based in Washington, DC, Elliott Small was born in Chicago where he was high school valedictorian, voted most likely to succeed and later elected to the Harlan High School Hall of Fame. He graduated from Harvard College where he in participated in the chorus (Harvard Glee Club) and the Harvard Drama Club. His major was Biochemical Sciences. His career has included work as a chemist, government employment, business ownership, social projects and travel to 30 countries in 5 continents as a computer consultant.
Elliott has been a church choir soloist. He has performed in Jazz Clubs with the Will Scruggs Jazz Quartet and other groups, and music from this album has been heard on the radio.
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2. I Left My Baby
3. All of Me
4. I'll Be Seeing You
5. Stella By Starlight
6. Girl from Ipanema
7. Ave Maria