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CD review: George Fendel- Jazz Society of Oregon CD: MAKE IT RIGHT
It is a rare occasion these days when a male vocalist happens along and has something to say in a jazz sense. Plenty of girl singers and some good, most not so good. But guys? Few and far between. So please wecome PRIMO KIM, a Seattle based singer/pianist who has a sparkling new CD. He hired some heavyweights to arrange and play on several selections. Seattle vets Randy Halberstadt, Jeff Johnson, Gary Hobbs, Bill Ramsay, Jay Thomas. Arrangers like Phil Kelly, Dennis Mackrel, and Milt Kleeb. A few new and original compositions also raise a spark. Among them the title tune, an energetic instrumental featuring Kim on piano and Dennis Mackrel’s arrangement: Oh, how about “Fancy Meeting You” a”Second Time Around” type tune by June Tonkin, a friend of Kim’s. Finally there’s “Paradise for Two,” an intimately swinging entry. All these and more add up to a wonderfully paced, extremely satisfying session. His new CD is definitely a day brightener. (Sept. 2010)
CD review: Chris Spector: Midwest Record
PRIMO KIM: CD MAKE IT RIGHT
Kim is a swinger with a CLASSIC VOICE that show there’s room for guys in the jazz vocal world no matter how many divas are mining the classic song bag. He’s the kind of cool cat that’ll keep you in the club until closing time, just having a great time swinging the night away. Check him out.
PHIL KELLY: JAZZ/SYMPHONIC AND BIG BAND ARRANGER
PRIMO KIM’S new CD “MAKE IT RIGHT” has been released. My contibution was three symphonic orchestal backgounds that I feel came off quite well. The whole CD is EXCELLENT, and if you’re a vocal jazz/Mel Torme fan possibly a “run and buy item. In addition to Primo’s very musical vocal and piano stylings, the cd features some of Seattle’s finest talents, pianist Randy Halberstadt, Jeff Johnson, drummer-Gary Hobbs, trumpeter/flugelhornist-Jay Thomas, and saxist-Bill Ramsay.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
PRIMO KIM, both a singer and pianist, wins on both. He's somewhat reminiscent of a Bobby Short in the personality projected, and stacks up a natural for intime rooms, or even bigger, for that matter.
DOWNBEAT; Review on LIONEL HAMPTON FESTIVAL by Ed Enright
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Trumpeter Wallace Roney performing with the University of Idaho Jazz Band I, Hampton’s tom-tom solo during his New York Band’s performance of “Sing, Sing, Sing,” a crisp sounding set by the Ray BrownTrio, reedman Paquito D’Rivera trading fours with tenor saxophonist James Moody, vocalist/pianist PRIMO KIM’S scat-singing clinic, and Russian french hornist Arkady Shilkloper’s demonstration of mysterious sounding multiphonics.
“You are a great singer. Where have you been? You are a wonderful talent. I want to hear more about you. I especially
love your songs, “What a way to go” and your original song, “To Be Near”.”
“Joanie and I have listened to your new cd, “MAKE IT RIGHT” it’s outstanding. We love your phrasing and the intonation of
your voice. We are very impressed with your singing. You are a very talented man.”