November 5, 2005

A Valentine’s Day treat from Victor Fields could be paradise for music lovers

The soul-jazz crooner’s diverse Victor album will be prefaced by “This Could Be Paradise” & “Golden Lady”

Victor Fields is in love again and that’s great news for music fans. The Bay Area-based soul-jazz song stylist will release his third album, Victor, on Valentine’s Day. The diverse Regina Records collection of soulful R&B, adult pop, cool contemporary jazz and romantic jazz standards was produced by Chris Camozzi, who also serves as Fields’ music director. Two tracks – Chuck Loeb’s “This Could Be Paradise” and Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady” - will be serviced to radio after the holiday season; the label will go for adds on the tracks at smooth jazz radio on January 16th.

Fields’ voice is suave and sophisticated, elegant and inviting, and he carefully selected the ten songs that comprise the new album. Actually he fell in love with them, but if you ask him, he’ll tell you that the songs selected him. This is Fields’ second consecutive album produced by Camozzi. The duo collaborated on the critically acclaimed 52nd Street, which hit the Billboard chart and featured appearances by Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber and Gerald Albright. For Victor, Fields found himself swooning over a diverse collection of songs that tap into an array of emotions and moods, such as ebullience (“This Could Be Paradise”), hope (“Love Will Save the Day”), amorous (Diane Warren’s “Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart”), pain and loneliness (Vince Gill’s “Colder Than Winter”), yearning (“Something Tells Me”) and victorious (“It’s Never Too Late in Life”). Fields put fresh spins on dramatic classics by Cole Porter (“Night and Day”) and Billy Strayhorn (“Lush Life”), which are certain to please traditional jazz connoisseurs. The songs are what is most important to Fields and he enjoys exercising the freedom to choose material from virtually any genre of popular music, although the common thread is love. Camozzi’s production is lush yet unobtrusive, allowing Fields’ passionate tenor vocals to shine front and center, and the musicianship on the record is accomplished. It was important to both artist and producer to keep the production sounding “live.”

VictorFields.jpg“There’s something for everyone on my albums,” explained Fields. “The music I record caters to audiences that are multi-racial, multi-cultural and trans-generational. Each song was important and Chris (Camozzi) and I spent as much time as was necessary on song selection, the arrangements and casting the right musicians even before we went into the studio (to record). In recent years, there have been some big artists who are reinventing themselves by recording standards and covers, but I’ve been doing it for years with a soulful and contemporary approach. My intention is to put my own stamp on fresh interpretations of classic songs for audiences that may be hearing them for the first time.”

Although his mother was a Julliard-trained musician, she urged her son to be practical about his career choice, which is why he initially shelved his dream of becoming a singer in favor of becoming a businessman. She passed without ever pursuing her own musical aspirations and that inspired Fields to commit to his undeniable first love. He penned personal and revealing songs for his debut album, Promise, which was produced by Grammy-winner Kashif. Both Promise and 52nd Street have garnered positive reviews in publications such as USA Today, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Above all, Fields loves being on stage singing for appreciative audiences. Plans are being made to support the album release with an East Coast concert tour in the spring. Dates and cities will be announced.

Victor FieldsVictor album contains the following songs:

“This Could Be Paradise”
“Love Will Save the Day”
“Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart”
“Colder Than Winter”
“Golden Lady”
“Night and Day”
“Lush Life”
“We’ll All Be Free”
“Something Tells Me”
“It’s Never Too Late in Life”

Posted by Peter Böhi at November 5, 2005 6:40 PM