John Alcorn


Haunted, John’s first CD, is a collection of 10 original songs as well as Out of This World (Mercer/Arlen) and Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin). After releasing this recording, John was named “Male Vocalist of the Year” at the 1999 Jazz Report Awards ceremony.

“…Toronto smoky-voiced jazz pianist John Alcorn has finally finished his long-awaited debut CD, Haunted. Produced by Holly Cole keyboardist Aaron Davis and recorded at Wellesley Sound, the romantic collection sweeps you away. Sometimes soothing, sometimes sad, it’s a sentimental journey to be sure. The album begins with the jazzy funk of “Out of This World”, complete with a nine-piece string section. There follows the simply stirring “If I Could Sleep” (lyrics by Arlene Bishop) and the simply unshakeable “Haunted” (lyrics by Daniel MacIvor) – if you’ve ever lost a great love or friend, be prepared to have your heart sink. More empowering is the ballad, “I Do Not Love You”, a happy kick to the sidewalk. On a different level, “Meet Me At The River” (also MacIvor) has a percussive tribal vibe, while “Change Your Mind” is a duet with Sony recording artist Melanie Doane. Then, brace yourself for the beat-poet jazz version of Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. Haunted, a year-round Valentine’s Day album, was well worth the wait.
– Canadian Musician Magazine

John Alcorn vocal, piano
Kim Ratcliffe guitars
Lew Mele bass
Aaron Davis piano, fender rhodes & hammond b3
Al Cross drums
Great Bob Scott drums
George Koller esraj
Carlos Del Junco harmonica
Tiina Kiik accordion
Holly Cole vocals
Melanie Doane vocals
Shannon Maracle vocals

orchestral arrangements Aaron Davis
violins Adele Armin, Marie Berard, Dan Blackman, Carol Fujino, Fujiko Imajishi
viola Douglas Perry
cello David Hetherington, Paul Widner
harp Janice Lindskoog


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