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"The Bay Area's most romantic singer." - Mal Sharpe, KCSM 91.1


"Buford Powers has a deep baritone voice that is at times reminiscent of Johnny Hartman.
On Eclectic, he keeps true to the album’s title by performing a couple of jazz standards along with
blues, ballads, some r&bish tunes, a spiritual, and four of his originals. He excels in every idiom.
Whether it is “Blue 4 Eyes,” which features his speaking as well as singing voice, “Betcha By
Golly Wow,” the ironic “Room With A View Of The Blues,” “N’awlins Shuffle (The Katrina Story),” or a
lightly funky “Dreamsville,” Powers displays warmth, a solid sense of swing, and versatility. He
takes a bit of a chance by performing “Lush Life” (leading to an obvious comparison with Johnny
Hartman) but infuses the song with enough of his own personality to succeed.
Ron Moton’s “Mo-Bop Eclectic Orchestra” provides most of the accompaniment other than
guitarist Bill Erickson and, on “Lush Life,” pianist Jason Martineau. In the future it would be fun to
hear Buford Powers with a truly live band although it works on this CD. Eclectic, which is
available from www.bufordpowers.com, is an impressive effort and well worth acquiring."
Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene