eCaroh Caribbean Emporium 2004 review:
“Timeless Classics" is the title of this special album on which Reggie applies his distinctive vocal style to 12 timeless classics including Nat Cole's hits, “When I fall in love” , and “Route 66,” Sinatra's “My Way”, Bobby Darin's “Beyond the Sea”, Johnny Mathis’ “Misty” and other favorite classic standards.
Reggie Paul creates sophisticated sounds with these popular American ballads. Reggie demonstrates the broader range of his talents as a musician by moving radically away from the tourist genre. Jazzy vocals in the styling of cabaret master Bobby Short are a welcome change. The accompaniment of live and synthesized strings, the saxophone and flute interludes lead you to the repeat button. You will press that button whether you are just listening or dancing.
If you know the name Reggie Paul and associate it with popular music in Guyana, Cayman Islands or Florida, then you know that his musicianship is of a high standard. If this web site introduces him to you, then you are in for a treat, and a special one if you like popular American songs that are called standards.
Many, many singers cover the signature tunes of Nat Cole, Johnny Mathis and Frank Sinatra in this collection and Reggie Paul adds his name to the long list. But in "Timeless Classics," Reggie brings freshness to songs like Autumn Leaves, The Shadow of Your Smile, and Misty, for example.
It is his rendition of these well-known songs that pleases us even more: Autumn Leaves, for instance, is performed to a samba beat. Reggie's interpretation makes it sound almost like a new song.
[eCaroh/Ron October 2004]