Singer and pianist John Proulx returns to the recording scene in a new way with another great production. With Say It, Proulx, who previously recorded with the former MaxJazz label, went out on his own. The quality of the music and vocals are first rate. Proulx has an easy singing style that works from ballad to more swing oriented numbers. The menu of this effort is a cool mix of standards by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Michel Legrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman. There are also more contemporary favorites by Joni Mitchell, Michael Franks and Mose Allison. The supporting musicians contributing to this project are excellent and includes Chuck Berghofer on bass, Joe LaBarbara on drums, Larry Koonse on guitar, Bob Sheppard on saxophones and Billy Hulting on percussion. A 4-piece string section, lead by violinist Gina Kronstadt, performs the arrangements of Alan Broadbent. Proulx is  also joined by Melissa Manchester, with whom he has composed and toured many years, for a lovely duet. This is a thoroughly entertaining and fantastic effort.