DOWNLOAD: Ron Gill, "All Is Fair In Love/Seems So Long" [mp3]
Jazz singer Ron Gill brought uncommon interpretive insight to an under-recognized genius on The Songs of Billy Strayhorn a few seasons back. Now he's turned his attention to a less obviously jazzy songwriter, Stevie Wonder. Gill's "Wonders of Wonder" program at the Regattabar in October 2006 knocked out his old friend Jon Marable, who offered to write new arrangements. A demo that Gill has been handing out offers a taste of the results. Marable's medley of "All Is Fair in Love" and "Seems So Long" shows Gill bringing his typical intelligence, warmth, and humor to this ballad/swing pairing, making classic contemporary pop sound like jazz standards. Look for Gill to be doing a "Black Composers" program February 26 on WGBH's Eric in the Evening and at a club to be announced.