Singer Ron Boustead offers his entertaining take on love stories of songs with this effort. Unlikely Valentine is a nice mix of original tunes and clever twists on some less-traveled standards. Boustead brings a humorous flavor to a number of the tunes on the mostly upbeat production. The ballads are equally nice, including a lovely duet with singer Fabiana Passoni. The recording is enhanced greatly by the producing and arranging talents of both, Bill Cunliffe and Mitchel Forman, each of whom handle the piano and organ duties on the respective tunes which they produced. The band also includes the talents of John Leftwich on bass, Jake Reed on drums, Pat Kelley on acoustic and electric guitars, Bob Sheppard on saxes and flutes, Bob McChesney on trombone and Ron Stout on flugelhorn. This is a thoroughly enjoyable musical excursion.
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Tracks: Unlikely Valentine, Love Potion #9, Coffee, I Won’t Scat, Til Now, Autumn Leaves, Love’s Carousel, Along Came Betty, I Love My Wife, Love Came on Stealthy Fingers .