REVIEW: 'Out of the Bleu'

Art Snob Blog

If you haven’t been able to make any of John Teamer’s performances in Anchorage (see Hot Picks. page 7), his new CD will give you a good idea about the range of the singer known as “Pypes.” He presents polished versions of hits by Frank Sinatra (“Fly Me To the Moon”), Nat Cole (“Unforgettable”), Stevie Wonder (“Superstitious”) and other iconic crooners. The one misstep is when he channels Louis Armstrong’s gravel in “Wonderful World”; the song works better when Teamer switches to his own smooth sound. The pop tunes are mostly spot on, but he seems most effective in the blues/gospel medium (“Broken Road,” “Who Will the Next Fool Be?”). He effectively supplies his own backup vocals in “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and even takes a Latin turn in “Agua De Beber.” Accompanying musicians include some of Anchorage’s best performers, like Ray Booker and Dan McElrath. The recording was done at the local Mirror Studios with Kevin Barnett directing most of the tracks.

— Mike Dunham, Anchorage Daily News

(Published in Play, Aug. 16, 2013)