Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell

While Steve Tyrell first made a name for himself in the music business as a wunderkind songwriter and producer, collaborating as a teenager in the late 1960s with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, he always maintained a parallel path as a singer besotted with jazz and R&B. With a voice as gravelly as Dr. John’s and a laid-back approach that mines Ray Charles’ soul motherlode, Tyrell has recorded a series of popular albums interpreting American Songbook standards, Disney gems and Bacharach/David pop classics. The spark that ignited his latter day singing career was entirely unintended. As an in-demand music director for film and television, he often found himself contributing vocals for soundtracks, and the response was so positive that he released the critically hailed A New Standard — a gracefully swinging session featuring gorgeous solos by jazz stars like trumpeters Harry “Sweets” Edison and Clark Terry, tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson and pianist Joe Sample. His ninth album, I’ll Take Romance, is another captivating program of classic American songs, delivered with his rough-hewn, evocative passion.

Artist Personnel

Steve Tyrell vocals
Matt Fronke trumpet
Steve Cotter guitar
Quinn Johnson piano
Jon Allen keyboard
Lyman Medeiros bass
Kevin Winard drums

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"Tyrell takes precisely the right tack — actually, quite Sinatra-like — by avoiding macho displays and fitting in perfectly with the arrangements, telling stories that beautifully balance lyrics, music and mood. " — Los Angeles Times
"Steve Tyrell brings to classic songs a rough-hewn, raspy vocal style that goes back to his Texas rhythm-and-blues upbringing. " — San Francisco Chronicle