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Steve Tyrell Showcases Pop, Jazz Standards on 'I'll Take Romance'

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Doug Levine

When it comes to singing jazzy love songs, Steve Tyrell is at the top of his game.  On his latest ode to love, I’ll Take Romance, Tyrell proves once again that romance never goes out of style.



In fact, ever since he recorded “The Way You Look Tonight” on the soundtrack for the film Father Of The Bride, he’s been regarded as one of today’s foremost interpreters of romantic pop and jazz standards.  

There’s no shortage of great standards to draw from, including the Mack Gordon-Harry Warren classic, “At Last.”  With the recent death of legendary vocalist Etta James, fans are reminded of the endurance of her signature song updated by Steve Tyrell on “I’ll Take Romance.”

The Texas native made his mark as a producer for Scepter Records, working with famed songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, as well as Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  He was responsible for hiring fellow-Texan B.J. Thomas to sing the Oscar-winning hit “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” featured in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Tyrell's first solo album A New Standard was released on Atlantic Records in 1999 and charted for nearly two years.  Subsequent recordings include tributes to Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney movies, and the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

The title track from his latest effort comes from the Oscar Hammerstein songbook, featuring a duet with newcomer Judith Hill called “I’ll Take Romance.”

Singing love songs has become a way of life for the 67-year-old veteran.  

“I realized that my music is now played at countless weddings, engagement dinners and anniversaries, and it occurred to me that nobody has ever created an entire album for people getting engaged and married,” Tyrell says.

His upcoming concerts include South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival and a 10-night engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York City.

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