Matt Dusk : Vokalis Jazz dari Kanada

Posted: 2 February 2008 in Music
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Siapa sih Matt Dusk?

Pertama kali aku mendengar suara dan lagu Matt Dusk adalah sekitar awal tahun 2005, di MTV. Waktu itu ada video Matt Dusk menyanyikan lagu Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad. Aku langsung tertarik mendengar suaranya yang enak didengar, hampir mirip dengan suara sang legenda Frank Sinatra, tapi memiliki gaya menyanyi dan improvisasi yang khas.

Lagu yang waktu itu dibawakannya memang tidak bernuansa jazz yang kental, tapi agak-agak “ngepop”. Meskipun demikian, dari aransemen dan gaya menyanyinya aku bisa merasakan bahwa jenis musik yang dibawakannya adalah fusion jazz di mana akar musik jazz-nya adalah sama seperti yang biasa dibawakan oleh Sinatra, yaitu swing.

Setelah mengunjungi beberapa toko kaset di Jakarta dan tanpa hasil, barulah aku tahu bahwa tidak ada album Matt Dusk sama sekali yang dijual di Indonesia. Akhirnya aku cari-cari di internet dan dari Amazon lah aku beli album Matt Dusk yang berjudul Two Shots secara online. Two Shots ternyata adalah album Matt Dusk pertama yang dirilis secara internasional. Sebelumnya, Matt Dusk pernah merilis beberapa album independen dan lokal Kanada.

Album Matt Dusk berikutnya yang dirilis secara internasional adalah Peace on Earth (mini album khusus lagu-lagu Christmas) dan Back In Town (album terakhir).

Menurut informasi dari Matt Dusk sendiri melalui forum di Matt Dusk Online, saat ini Matt Dusk sedang mengerjakan album baru yang direncanakan untuk dirilis pada tahun ini.

Berikut petikan biography dan discography Matt Dusk yang diambil dari www.mattduskonline.com :

Matt Dusk Biography

A Canadian Crooner

Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1978, Matthew-Aaron Dusk showed promise as a musician from a young age. He was enrolled in the St. Michael’s Choir School (Toronto, ON) at the age of seven, where he spent eleven years studying classical music and opera. This area of focus changed significantly at the age of 18, when Matt was introduced to big band music, including singers like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and other jazz musicians.

Dusk attended York University for a bachelor degree in music with a focus on jazz and popular music. Matt graduated with a BFA in 2002, and a year later was signed by Decca/Universal for the recording of his first major release album, “Two Shots”. The album featured many original songs, along with a few standards including “Fly Me To The Moon”, “Please, Please Me” (recorded in the slower more introspective version than that originally recorded by the Beatles), and “Two Shots”, a song originally penned by U2’s Bono in honor of Frank Sinatra. Originally scheduled for a 2003 release date, the release of Two Shots got pushed back to June 2004 when Matt and his management team got word of a new reality TV show appearing on the Fox Network called “the Casino”. The Casino (produced by the Mark Burnett (Survivor)), featured two “dot com” millionaires who ventured into the purchase and attempt at revitalizing Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget Casino. Matt Dusk was featured as the lounge singer at Zax lounge, trying to make it big by performing in the casino’s main showroom. Due to low ratings, the show was not re-signed for a second season, although the exposure Matt Dusk received as an artist, and for his new album was extremely beneficial.

Before signing with Decca/Universal, Matt Dusk recorded four independent albums (Live In Concert Volume I and II, Eggnog and Mistletoe, The Way It Is), and successfully managed his own band, “Matthew-Aaron Dusk and His Swingin’ Little Big Band”, performing up to twenty events per month in Toronto and surrounding area. Matt was also a featured artist on the internet music site, MP3.com, where he received over four hundred thousand spins/downloads of his songs, and even made it to number four out of the top forty with his rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.

Matt has performed in many locations, spanning the In the late summer and fall of 2004, Matt had an intensive tour scheduled for his album Two Shots throughout Canada and the United States. During this time he made a guest appearance on Canadian Idol, and finished his 2004 tour schedule with a surprise holiday CD release — “Peace on Earth”. Matt’s new mini-album featured six classic holiday songs, plus one penned by Dusk himself, “Christmas is Finally Here”. Matt concluded the year with two performances in Toronto, one at the Winter Garden Theatre, and the other at Nathan Phillips Square as the honorary guest for the 20 th annual New Year’s Eve bash.

In 2005 Matt continued his tour schedule with dates scheduled both nationally and internationally. In February 2005, Matt Dusk’s talent was recognized with a Juno Award Nomination in the category of “New Artist of the Year”. On June 13, 2006, Matt released his second major release with Decca/Universal, entitled “Back In Town”, featuring the single that made it to number one penned “All About Me”. Matt currently is on tour across Canada, with a rumoured tour schedule in the United States in early 2007.

Matt Dusk Discography

Independent Albums/MP3.com Downloads

Matthew-Aaron Dusk was very popular on the music downloads website “MP3.com”, and also released four independent albums prior to signing with Decca/Universal.

MP3.com Sessions/Unreleased
Track Listing :

  1. The Best Is Yet To Come
  2. We Are In Love
  3. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  4. Steppin’ Out With My Baby
  5. I Could Write A Book
  6. Our Love Is Here To Stay
  7. It’s All Right With Me
  8. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
  9. Empty Tables [removed from track listing in late 2001]
  10. Send In The Clowns [removed from track listing in late 2001]


Eggnog and Mistletoe

Track Listing :

  1. Introduction by Bobby Fontaine (‘Twas The Night Before Christmas)
  2. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
  3. Sleigh Ride
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  5. O’ Little Town Of Bethlehem
  6. Christmas Festival
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. Jingle Bell Rock
  9. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  10. Silent Night
  11. Somewhere In My Memory (Home Alone)
  12. White Christmas
  13. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
  14. The Christmas Song
  15. The First Noel
  16. Let It Snow


Live In Concert
Track Listing :

  1. Introduction by Bobby Fontaine
  2. Saturday Night
  3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  4. Let’s Fall in Love
  5. Guess I’ll Have To Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  6. Come Fly With Me
  7. Fly Me To The Moon
  8. Luck Be A Lady
  9. Witchcraft
  10. One For My Baby
  11. New York, New York
  12. Pennies From Heaven
  13. I’ve Got the World On A String
  14. Angel Eyes
  15. Chicago
  16. Summer Wind
  17. The Lady Is A Tramp


The Way It Is
Track Listing :

  1. I Won’t Dance
  2. Something’s Gotta Give
  3. If I Had You
  4. She’s Funny That Way
  5. Come Dance With Me
  6. Just One Of Those Things
  7. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  8. On The Street Where You Live
  9. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You)
  10. I Thought About You
  11. Change Partners
  12. Tangerine
  13. Charade


Singles/Promotional Albums
A look at some very rare promotional items released with “Two Shots”. The rarest promotional CDs are stamped with “Two Shots, Release: September 2003”. The Two Shots album was pushed back for a July 2004 release to coincide with the airing of the Mark Burnett show “The Casino”.


Two Shots (UK Promo CD)
Track Listing :

  1. Please Please Me
  2. Two Shots
  3. Windows
  4. Cold As Ice
  5. The Theme From Loaded Gun
  6. Don’t Go Looking
  7. Miracle
  8. Wish You Well
  9. Precious Years
  10. Lonely Road
  11. Always
  12. Every Mother’s Son
  13. Five


Windows


Two Shots Sampler

Two Shots Promo (1)

Two Shots Promo (2)

Miracle

Track Listing:

  1. Miracle (Radio Mix)
  2. Five
  3. Miracle (Album Version)


Please Please Me

Major Releases
Matt Dusk has released three independent albums with Decca/Universal.
Album variations exist for :
“Two Shots” releases (North America, United Kingdom, Asia Version)
“Back In Town” releases (Canadian, Canadian iTUNES, International, Holland, USA, Japan)



Two Shots (North American Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad
  2. Miracle
  3. Cold As Ice
  4. Lonely Road
  5. The Theme From Loaded Gun
  6. Don’t Go Looking
  7. Fly Me To The Moon
  8. Please Please Me
  9. Precious Years
  10. Always
  11. Every Mother’s Son
  12. Five
  13. Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad [Hot Nugget Remix]


Two Shots (UK Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad
  2. Miracle
  3. Windows
  4. Cold As Ice
  5. Lonely Road
  6. The Theme From Loaded Gun
  7. Don’t Go Looking
  8. Fly Me To The Moon
  9. Wish You Well
  10. Always
  11. Please Please Me
  12. Beyond The Sea
  13. Precious Years
  14. Every Mother’s Son
  15. Five


Two Shots (Asia Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad
  2. Miracle
  3. Windows
  4. Cold As Ice
  5. Lonely Road
  6. The Theme From Loaded Gun
  7. Don’t Go Looking
  8. Fly Me to the Moon
  9. Wish You Well
  10. Always
  11. Please Please Me
  12. Beyond The Sea
  13. Precious Years
  14. Every Mother’s Son
  15. Five

Bonus VCD:

  1. Cool Yule (Audio)
  2. Christmas Blues (Audio)
  3. Please Please Me (Video)
  4. Two Shots (Video)


Peace On Earth
Track Listing :

  1. Christmas is Finally Here
  2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  3. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy
  4. Silent Night
  5. Christmas Blues
  6. Cool Yule
  7. Marshamallow World (Roasted Mix)


Back In Town (Holland Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Back In Town
  2. All About Me
  3. The Best Is Yet to Come
  4. More
  5. As Time Goes By
  6. Learnin’ The Blues
  7. Besame Mucho (Duet with Janne Schra)
  8. A Million Kisses Late
  9. Where Were You When
  10. Get Me To The Church On Time
  11. Who’s Got The Action
  12. On The Street Where You Live
  13. April Moon
  14. History Repeating (The Quietmoney Mix)

Bonus CD:

  1. Five (Bonus Track)
  2. Fly Me To The Moon (Bonus Track)
  3. Please Please Me (Bonus Track)
  4. Always (Bonus Track)
  5. Two Shots (Bonus Track)


Back In Town (International Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Back In Town
  2. All About Me
  3. The Best Is Yet To Come
  4. As Time Goes By
  5. Learnin’ The Blues
  6. Besame Mucho
  7. A Million Kisses Late
  8. Where Were You When
  9. Get Me To The Church On Time
  10. Who’s Got The Action
  11. On The Street Where You Live
  12. April Moon
  13. History Repeating (The Quietmoney Mix)


Back In Town (iTunes Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Back In Town
  2. All About Me
  3. The Best Is Yet To Come
  4. More
  5. As Time Goes By
  6. Learnin’ The Blues
  7. A Million Kisses Late
  8. Where Were You When
  9. Get Me To The Church On Time
  10. Who’s Got The Action
  11. On The Street Where You Live
  12. April Moon
  13. History Repeating
  14. Besame Mucho (iTunes pre-order only)
  15. All About Me (iTunes pre-order only)


Back In Town (Canadian Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Back In Town
  2. All About Me
  3. The Best Is Yet To Come
  4. More
  5. As Time Goes By
  6. Learnin’ The Blues
  7. A Million Kisses Late
  8. Where Were You When
  9. Get Me To The Church On Time
  10. Who’s Got the Action
  11. On The Street Where You Live
  12. April Moon
  13. History Repeating (Hidden Bonus Track)


Back In Town (USA Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Back In Town
  2. All About Me
  3. The Best Is Yet To Come
  4. The Way You Look Tonight
  5. More
  6. As Time Goes By
  7. Learnin’ The Blues
  8. Get Me To The Church On Time
  9. Who’s Got The Action
  10. On The Street Where You Live
  11. A Million Kisses Late
  12. Where Were You When


Back In Town (Japanese Release Version)
Track Listing :

  1. Back In Town
  2. All About Me
  3. The Best Is Yet To Come
  4. More
  5. As Time Goes By
  6. Learnin’ The Blues
  7. A Million Kisses Late
  8. Where Were You When
  9. Get Me To The Church On Time
  10. Who’s Got The Action
  11. On The Street Where You Live
  12. April Moon
  13. Besame Mucho (Japan Bonus Track)


Compilation CDs
Matt Dusk’s music has appeared on various compilation albums, including holiday songs on various Jazz compilation CDs. Songs performed by Dusk appear on a CD entitled “Kings of Swing” CD.



Tribute To The Kings Of Swing Volume I

Track Listing :

  1. Sing, Sing, Sing
  2. Moonlight Serenade
  3. Bie Mir Bist Du Shon
  4. Let’s Dance
  5. I’ve Heard That Song Before
  6. Begin the Beguine
  7. All Or Nothing At All – featuring Matt Dusk
  8. I’ll Never Smile Again – featuring Matt Dusk
  9. Carioca
  10. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
  11. Sunnyside Of The Street
  12. Stardust
  13. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  14. Marie
  15. S’ Wonderful
  16. It Don’t Mean A Thing – featuring Matt Dusk


The Apprentice: Crooner Collection

Track Listing :

  1. I’ve Got The World On A String – Frank Sinatra
  2. Who’s Got the Action? – Dean Martin
  3. With Plenty Of Money And You – Tony Bennett
  4. Big Spender – Peggy Lee
  5. Sunday In New York – Dean Martin
  6. A Lot Of Livin’ To Do – Nancy Wilson
  7. Manhattan – Ella Fitzgerald
  8. On The Street Where You Live – Nat King Cole
  9. Let Me Off Uptown – Mel Torme
  10. Los Angeles Blues – Peggy Lee
  11. New York’s My Home – Sammy Davis Jr.
  12. The Good Life – Bobby Darin
  13. You Can’t Make Money Dreamin’ – Johnny Mercer
  14. For the Love of Money – Matt Dusk (featuring Donald Trump)


First Daughter Soundtrack

Source : MattDuskOnline

Matt Dusk’s official website : www.mattdusk.com

Thanks to Jeff at MattDuskOnline

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