The Buzz from www.newcanadianmusic.ca

Published February 13, 2013

Suave and smooth-voiced Toronto crooner Matt Dusk may not have scored a Buble-style breakthrough, but that’s not to say he hasn’t enjoyed commercial success  at home, or in foreign markets such as Japan and France. In fact, earlier albums’  Two Shots and Good News have both earned gold certifications at home here. He’s back again having signed  a new record deal with eOne Ent., and more bullish than ever about the future, and the release of his sixth album, My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook. Given the enduring appeal of Baker’s sweetly melancholy work, the choice of material is a smart one. The album gets the big production treatment, with an 80-piece orchestra and such illustrious guests as Emilie-Claire Barlow and two of the jazz world’s finest trumpet players, Arturo Sandoval and Canadian veteran Guido Basso. Dusk’s mellow vocals do justice to such Baker gems as “Let’s Get Lost”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Someone To Watch Over Me” and, of course, “My Funny Valentine”. No surprise that the scheduled release date is Feb. 12, just two days before Valentine’s Day. . We’re especially  impressed by the title cut. Could this be a dawn of a new era for Dusk?