Colin Hunter is a Toronto based vocalist who sings as a passionate hobby. He sings the standards from that period of time when jazz was the popular music of the day. His style of singing is a classic mix of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Perry Como, or at least some mannerisms of each of those master crooners are prevalent in his style of singing.
Timeless, as the title suggests, includes the tunes that are of a timeless variety and they are presented wonderfully. Hunter is backed up by The Starlight Orchestra. The sound, musicianship and arrangements of these classics are all well done.
When not making music, Colin Hunter is the founding president, CEO and owner of the airline carrier Sunwing Airlines, and the all-inclusive vacation package company, Sunwing Vacations, a top-rated travel organization in Canada. Colin has worked in the travel industry for over 45 years and was co-founder of the airline company Canada 3000. Mr. Hunter is the Chairman of the Board, a moniker some times referred to Frank Sinatra.
Hunter's first CD, Come Fly With Me (Independent 2005), started out as an advertising idea, but quickly blossomed into the featured music on Sunwing flights that found the passengers approving. With the support of his customers and fans, he set to work on his second CD Timeless. He has produced five albums as of this date and he seems to be going strong. There is even talk of a new Toronto jazz club, The House of Jazz, scheduled to open late in 2011, operating under Hunter's management.
I enjoy big bands and I love swing, so for me, this is an enjoyable CD. With songs as catchy as "New York, New York," "Mack The Knife" and "I've Got The World On A String," what's not to like? Classics that are given a smooth and polished finish with Hunter's appealing vocalizations, and backed up by a superb orchestra, the CD all comes together as close to perfection in vocal big band jazz. My only complaint is how short the songs are. Of the twenty songs on Timeless, only four are over three minutes in length with the average clocking in at two and a half minutes. However, in the fifties and sixties, three minutes was about the maximum length of a song.
One of the classics included on Timeless is "Quando, Quando," a swinging version with a killer flute solo by an unnamed flutist. While on "Volare," some Italian lessons would be good, as the accent is not quite right, but the tune swings big time. "That's Amore" is a fun and sophisticated Italian romp by that amazing Italian/American wordsmith Harry Warren. A hit song from the 1953 Martin and Lewis film "The Caddy," "it brings back fond memories of Dean Martin. "Summer Wind" is a pleasant version with a more uplifting style than Sinatra's with phrasing that flows smoothly.
Let the Chairman of the Board from Sunwing, Mr. Colin Hunter, escort you on a flight through these classic tunes.