Album Review of
You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

Written by Robert Silverstein
March 29, 2021 - 11:19pm EDT
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Described as a ‘witty songwriter’, pianist, vocalist and composer Gary Negbaur is well-versed in pop, jazz, blues and American roots music and he tastefully combines them all on his 2021 Blujazz CD entitled, You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught. Featuring Gary’s vocals and piano backed up by his trio with Dom Richards (bass) and Nat Seeley (drums), You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught kicks things off with a new version of the Rogers & Hammerstein favorite “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”, originally from the 1949 Broadway musical South Pacific. Recorded in NYC and produced by Roger Hines, ten-track, 31-minute album is an excellent showcase for Gary’s piano and vocal skills. Situated on the CD among Gary’s originals are tracks by Irving Berlin, Lennon & McCartney, a cover of “I Want To Be Happy”, from the 1925 musical No, No Nanette and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”, a veritable chestnut from the 1956 Broadway play My Fair Lady. Gary’s Beatles covers of “For No One” (from 1966’s Revolver) and the title track from the Fab Four’s  1965 movie Help, are delivered with an upbeat jazzy, piano-esque edge, further cementing Beatles songs as future music standards. With its choice selection of new and vintage music, Gary Negbaur will no doubt please fans of acoustic piano trio jazz with his 2021 album You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught.