CD Review, Herb Young

This compact disc was quite a surprise. Steve Cromity is a real talent who came to jazz as a professional singer later in life after raising a family. He was born in Brooklyn and has lived in New York City all his life. As near as I can determine he works almost exclusively in this city. He heard jazz from the time of his
pre-school years. His professional career is about 10 years

He is now in his late 60s. This may be a good thing as he is a very mature singer with great diction. His phrasing is
much like Frank Sinatra’s. I wonder if that man was an influence. The instrumental backing is first rate including his nephew Eric Wright. These musicians are all working in the New York area and are among the young lions there. It is a very cohesive
unit. The selection of songs is great. Most are hard swinging with
the exception of a couple ballads, “My Little Boat” and “How Little We Know”. One of my favorites is Duke Pearson’s
“Jeannine”. The tune “Sugar” on this disc is not the older Dixieland chestnut but a tune written by Stanley Turrentine. You can’t go wrong with this album. It is one of the best male jazz vocal CDs I’ve heard in a long time. Give it a listen.

♫ Herb Young

CD Review: By Vittorio Lo Conte

May 2, 2015

Media Alert: Steve Cromity “All My Tomorrows” (Cromcake Records) Street Date March 1, 2015
Steve Cromity –vocals, Patience Higgins-reeds & flute, Kenyatta Beasley-trumpet, Eric Wyatt-tenor sax, Marcus Persiani-piano & music director, Eric Lemon-bass, Darryl Green-drums

Dieci brani presi dalla grande tradizione del jazz eseguiti nel migliore stile mainstream con sincerità ed una classe esecutiva unita ad una perfetta dizione dei versi delle famose canzoni. È quello che ci propone Steve Cromity, cantante di New York che con una band di musicisti in sintonia con il progetto si diverte a swingare e farci rivivere quella che é l´atmosfera dei club americani della Big Apple dove si esegue questa musica. Ci sono un paio di ospiti speciali che si fanno notare per i loro notevoli assoli mentre accompagnano il leader, Patience Higgins in cinque brani, al sax tenore, sax soprano e flauto, Eric Wyatt al sax tenore in quattro brani e
Kenyatta Beasley alla tromba in altri cinque. La sezione ritmica é guidata dal pianista Marcus Persiani, che è il direttore musicale, a completarla Eric Lemon al contrabbasso e Darrell Green alla batteria.

Le canzoni, fra le preferite di Cromity, vedono anche una bossa nova, la deliziosa My Little Bloat, per il resto delle grandi ballad, How Little We Know e delle esecuzioni emozionanti di standards quali When Lights are Low e Without a Song, dei tempi più veloci su Sugar di Stanley Turrentine. Per tutto il disco ci sono interventi misurati degli ospiti e l´empatia della ritmica per il cantante così che risulta un insieme molto compatto che esegue con sincerità un mainstream di alto livello. Non è qui che vanno cercate le innovazioni del jazz di domani, ma quando si ascoltano gli assoli di Eric Wyatt e Kenyatta Beasley su Without a Song insieme alla grande voce di del cantante ed alla ritmica completamente in sintonia si apprezza la sincerità e la grande maestria dei musicisti nel proporre il genere.

Ten songs taken from the great tradition of jazz performed in the best mainstream style with sincerity and an executive class combined with perfect diction of verses of famous songs. It’s what gives us Steve Cromity, singer of New York that with a band of musicians in tune with the project enjoys swingare and make us relive the atmosphere of the club is that the American Big Apple where you do this music.

There are a couple of special guests that stand out for their remarkable solos and accompany the leader, Patience Higgins in five songs, tenor sax, soprano sax and flute, tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt in four songs and Kenyatta Beasley on trumpet in the other five. The rhythm section is led by pianist Marcus Persiani, who is the music director, to complete it on bass and Eric Lemon Darrell Green on drums. The songs, among the favorite of Cromity, see also a bossa nova, the lovely My Little Bloat, for the rest of the big ballad, How Little We Know and exciting performances of standards like When Lights are Low and Without a Song, times faster on Sugar by Stanley Turrentine. For all the hard work we have measured the guests of rhythmic empathy for the singer so that is a very compact together running with sincerity a mainstream high level. It is not to be found here that the innovations of jazz tomorrow, but when you listen to the solos of Eric Wyatt and Kenyatta Beasley on Without a Song together with the great voice of the singer and the rhythm completely in tune appreciates the sincerity and great skill Musicians in proposing gender

CD Review: by George Fendel

May 8, 2015

Media Alert: Steve Cromity, All My Tomorrows

All My Tomorrows; Steve Cromity, vocals.
Male jazz singers may not be considered an endangered species, but they are at the very least a rarity these days. Every month in this space there are a few female singers reviewed, but the guys — well, few and far between. So here comes Steve Cromity, with solid jazz chops, excellent choice of tunes, and a well-crafted ensemble providing accompaniment. If Cromity reminds me of anyone, I might single out the great but under-appreciated Bill Henderson. There’s a hint of Henderson in Cromity’s phrasing and the slightly edgy aspect of his voice. And what great tunes! For starters, how about these: “Old Devil Moon,” “When Lights Are Low,” “All My Tomorrows,” “Where Do You Start,” “How Little We Know,” and “I Was Telling Her About You.” His rhythm section is mildly embellished here and there by the two tenor saxes of Patience Higgins and Eric Wyatt. Don’t get me wrong. I love the ladies. But in an ocean of female “wanna-be’s” and a smaller number of the gifted, it’s nice to occasionally be treated to a hip, straight, no gimmicks male jazz singer. And Steve Cromity is just that!
Self-Produced; 2015; appx. 45 min.

Media Alert: Steve Cromity “All My Tomorrows” (Cromcake Records) Street

Steve Cromity –vocals, Patience Higgins-reeds & flute, Kenyatta Beasley-trumpet, Eric Wyatt-tenor sax, Marcus Persiani-piano & music director, Eric Lemon-bass, Darryl Green-drums

CD Review: Vocalist Steve Cromity’s recording “All My Tomorrows” is masterful. It has all the elements which embodies good jazz and makes this pleasing to the ear. Cromity is from the Johnny Hartman-Joe Williams school of jazz singing.
His voice is as mellow as they come and his delivery, especially on ballads is so warm and lush. There’s so much to like here. The ballads are exquisite , especially the title cut along with “I Was Telling Her About You”. Marilyn
and Alan Bergman’s “Where Do You Start” pulls at the heartstrings and Duke Pearson and Oscar Brown Jr’s “Jeannine” swings as does “Without A Song”. The musicians led by pianist Marcus Persiani are world class. Saxophonist
Patience Higgins and Kenyetta Beasley on trumpet are are quite impressive. The entire ensemble is deserving of wider recognition. “All My Tomorrows” is a truly fine recording and Steve Cromity is a major talent.
Frank Wilner, Radio Host (Concord,N.H.)
“Voices In Jazz” (WNHN 94.7fm)
“Frankly Jazz” (WKXL 103.9fm)