Steven Taetz's sophomore release Drink You In presents a cocktail of vintage-pop, jazz, and swing, backed by a sure shot band made up of several of Canada’s top jazz musicians. The album presents six new compositions sure to become popular additions to the American Songbook, and reinvents several classic standards.
Drink You In contains material co-written with award-winning artists including JUNO-winner Sonia Johnson, JUNO-nominee Barbra Lica, Tia Brazda, and producer Drew Jurecka.
"There are great vocalists, from Sinatra to Bublé, who effortlessly straddle the border between jazz and pop; there are plenty of great songwriters; and the annals of great interpreters stretches from Bing and Billie to Dee Dee and Diana. But Steven Taetz is one of a rare breed, seamlessly succeeding across all three. Whether tender and romantic or sharp and sassy, he is a unique, arresting talent, blending the charismatic charm of Harry Connick Jr. with the mischievous postmillennial élan of Jamie Cullum."
– CHRISTOPHER LOUDON (Senior Vocal Critic - JazzTimes Magazine)
“Taetz is truly hip. I could listen to him sing all night long. (It)’s the tried-and-true style harking back to Sinatra or Mel Tormé— he’s so good at it, and his backup band is consistently swinging. I love his delivery. The album Drink You In: Look for it, buy it, enjoy it. This disc is a sheer delight from start to finish.”
– LYNN RENEE BAYLEY (The Art Music Lounge)
“It is indeed a great pleasure to meet the musical artist. You have a winner in both your musical writing and performance. Your debut is quite impressive. You have a wonderful lyrical quality to your voice.”
– JOE MELILLO (Executive Director of Programming, BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music)
“Steven Taetz mixes vintage sounds with artsy modernism on this satisfying album. Taetz is able to sound both relaxed and swinging on Bohemian themes.... A dry martini of a singer that is shaken and not stirred.”
– GEORGE W. HARRIS (JazzWeekly)
“Canadian vocalist Steven Taetz’s light baritone is appealing; he has a natural swing feeling and pays careful attention to the lyrics. His original tunes, written with a variety of collaborators, are well-crafted and deserve lives beyond this album. Taetz has produced an appealing collection that combines classic pop with a contemporary edge.”
– JOE LANG (Jersey Jazz Magazine)