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“John Nowak has assembled a fine quintet of Bangor-area musicians to back him on his debut CD, Once More with Feeling, and with his rich tenor (?) voice gives a fine reading of fifteen songs from the Great American Song Book. The album, lovingly crafted with style and substance, is sure to please both young and old alike. “All of Me,” September in the Rain,” and “My Funny Valentine” are flat out winners. And “On the Sunny Side of the Street” is sure to brighten anyone’s day. I heartily recommend it.”
“The question, of course, is whether any more feeling can be wrung from these age-old standards, so many times have they been done. John Nowak’s answer on Once More with Feeling? Absolutely. Nowak sings with the determined focus of someone who’s returned to an old lover, having realized what he had only after it was gone. And, in many ways, that’s precisely the way this long-awaited music project unfolded. Nowak worked as a singer and trumpeter for years, before deciding to settle into a workaday life in 1990. But after a couple of decades toiling as a physician’s assistant, Nowak felt the tug of music pulling him back. He began anew by appearing with the Unified Jazz Ensemble, based in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, before a move to Bangor, Maine, led to this current musical collaboration. ”