"Love For Sale" - the reviews
The man with the diamond pipes, thy name is Dave Hosley. From the start of his debut recording Love for Sale, the listener is engrossed in the creamy texture and luminous tone of Hosley's register. His is the voice that makes Broadway showtunes memorable, resonating with a clarion luster and evoking emotion. Named for the Cole Porter number released in 1930, Love for Sale highlights novelty tracks written by such songsmiths as Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Billy Strayhorn, Irving Berlin, and Sam Smith.
Hosley crosses over genre lines from the funky grooves of "I Feel the Earth Move" to the bluesy atmospherics of "Blue Skies" and the balladry swells of "Stay with Me." Hosley captures the spirit of the Great American Songbook and finesses classic pop tunes with a bluesy jazz glint. Performing with an eight piece band, the tracks were recorded at Berkeley's famed Fantasy Studios, the recording venue for countless jazz albums from the likes of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans to name a few.
The R&B components of "I Feel the Earth Move" are coalesced with bluesy soul trimmings that transform this funky number into a cool jazz tune that radiates a smooth sonorous with a nightclub feel. The title track provides more cool jazz vibes laden in rotating drumbeats and softly kindled keys. The lounging bass grooves of "I Say a Little Prayer" support Hosley's showtunes style vocals resonating emotion in every note.
His interpretation of "Crazy She Calls Me" is crowned in sparkling vibraphones cushioned by mellow keys, sedate drumbeats, and a gently percolating organ. The bluesy atmospherics of "Blue Skies" is clad in clicking drum taps and molten saxophone riffs, contrasting the balladry swells of "Some Enchanted Evening" blanketed in the smooth chimes of the drum strokes and an ambient texture in the organ's keys.
The traipsing keys at the base of CeeLo Green's tune "Crazy" is trellised by Hosley's cool vocal swagger, and coat "Lush Life" with smooth jazz embers. The funky beats of "Something's Gotta Give" are girdled by Hosley's creamy vocals turning to a gospel-like tint in "Stay with Me" as the bluesy horns and ruminating keys bask the track in a wistful mood.
Hosley demonstrates that he can shape a song from any genre into his type of song. The man with a multi-faceted voice, glittering with the prismatic tones of a diamond, revitalizes the cool jazz template and tailors it to the liking of modern audiences.