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Sinatra Project

Michael FeinsteinAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B001D5DQDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Classic romantic songs of the legendary Frank Sinatra delivered by the Master of the American Songbook himself, Michael Feinstein. On this amazing release Feinstein has chosen to reflect the Sinatra sensibility by interpreting the songs in conceptually different styles from Sinatra's own renditions. The results are a fascinatingly unique and memorably beautiful.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Lovely Album . . . I Love It! September 9, 2008
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"For years I've had the desire to celebrate Sinatra's musical sensibilities, but I felt that no one needed to hear another knock off of the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else....Bill Elliott and I decided to reflect the Sinatra sensibility in romantic repertoire but applied a 'what if' scenario to some of the arrangements by interpreting them in conceptually different styles from his own renditions." ~ Michael Feinstein ~

Michael Feinstein's recordings have continuously delighted lovers of fine music with his beyond par vocal and piano artistry. His exceptional body of work is not only confined to George and Ira Gershwin's music, but also the Great American Songbook in general. He is simply one of the most dedicated interpreters of this music genre. It's so impossible not to think of his name when talking about the timeless Standards from the Great American Songbook for he has represented the music and lyrics of almost all the renowned composers and lyricists such as the Gershwin Brothers, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, Sammy Cahn, Oscar Hammerstein, Jule Styne, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and the list goes on and on.

Mr. Feinstein, a Los Angeles based singer, has given countless Standards new meanings and interpretations to the delight of music lovers, and he will continue to give them much pleasure again with his latest offering entitled "The Sinatra Project," a loving tribute to the music mostly identified with the legendary Chairman of the Board, none other than the one-and-only Frank Sinatra.

He is backed by Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra which is made up of fifty musicians and concert masters. On the entire album, Mr.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as hoped for September 11, 2008
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Michael Feinstein has taken on the mantle of THE current expert on American Popular Song. As such he continues to explore the idiom from many aspects. From his earlier efforts with solo piano and a quiet cocktail lounge approach, he has progressed to the current effort involving a large talented orchestra and arrangements that are "authentic Sinatra". So, then, what exactly is the problem? Well, in a nut shell, Michael Feinstein is Not Frank Sinatra. Whereas Sinatra had a unique and characteristic vocal "attack' with phrasing that was at once rhythmic and idiosyncratic, Feinstein's voice sounds forced, and without depth. His phrasing is akward, and completely without the recognizable sustained noted on the consonants that made Sinatra so recognizable. The treble notes ( listen to Begin the Beguine and parts of It's All Right With Me ) ) are simply awful as Feinstein struggles to be heard above the band. Indeed, his range is much more applicable to musical arrangements on solo piano wherein the more intimate setting can play to his strengths, i.e., a softer voice in which the lack of range can be hidden by strategic "whispers", better phrasing, heart felt sighs, and well executed "falsettos" in the high range. Simply listen to All My Tomorrows/All The Way to hear how much better Feinstein sings with solo piano; the difference is amazing.

A decided positive is the orchestration and the sound of the recording which are first rate. Feinstein's stated goal was to pay tribute to Sinatra by presenting songs that Sinatra didn't record, or recorded once or twice in sessions that might have not been optimal. Such selections were to be in the "style" of Sinatra's time. I will let others decide if Feinstein succeeded in that aspect of the present recording. Unfortunately, Feinstein's previous vocal successes are not evident in the Sinatra Project. Stick with Frank, and save your money.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Feinstein CD Ever!!!!!!!!!!! September 18, 2008
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Quite simply put "this is Michael Feinstein's Finest Hour!" I have every Feinstein album ever cut and this one is the best yet. I can't stop listening to it, it's on the i pod ,its in the car{great with the top down} i-tunes, you name it i'm playing it somewhere......This cd is worth ordering overnite ....yup every penney ! buy it today and enjoy! I'm sure Sinatra is smiling wherever he is! The final cut "At Long Last Love "will blow you away!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!!! September 8, 2008
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When I first saw the playlist for this recording, I was very disappointed. While I realized one record could not begin to cover the songs associated with Sinatra, why were so many of his big hits not covered?? After reading the liner notes, I found out this wasn't Michael's intent. So I gave it a listen, and boy is it a winner! Recorded at the famed Capitol recording studios with a live orchestra, the sound will blow you away. It's hard to pick out favorites as every cut is first rate, but The Song Is You; All My Tomorrows/All the Way and At Long Last Love really stand out for me. "Love" is the final cut and ends the set on a really high note. Congrats to all involved. Love it! Weather you are a Sinatra fan, a Feinstein fan or just love the American Songbook, you cant go wrong here. (Yeah I know he doesnt have Sinatra's voice, but then who does? I can live with it!) Can we hope for a follow up?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars words and music to honor the great Frank Sinatra February 28, 2009
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The Sinatra Project is a warm tribute to the great Frank Sinatra by Michael Feinstein. Some people say that Michael Feinstein is no Frank Sinatra; and that may be true. Nevertheless, this tribute album has a very real value precisely because these are Frank Sinatra songs that Sinatra never recorded very often. Indeed, "The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye" is a song written for Frank that (according to Michael Feinstein) Frank never recorded at all! Michael's voice is in great form here; and the choice of songs is excellent. I also like that music by Bill Elliott & His Swing Orchestra! The quality of the sound is very good and the artwork is very nicely done.

The CD starts with Michael Feinstein performing a great rendition of "Exactly Like You." The musical arrangement makes good use of the brass and although the arrangement overall is very lush, it's Michael's voice that remains squarely front and center--and that's great. Michael's excellent diction bolsters his performance even further; and I'm very impressed. "There's A Small Hotel" gets a very sensitive treatment from Michael who sings this with lots of class and grace. "There's A Small Hotel" is clearly a major highlight of this album. Listen also for "Fools Rush In;" "Fools Rush In" is a fine romantic ballad that Michael was practically born to perform; and I'm sure that Frank Sinatra would be very proud of Michael Feinstein's interpretation of this ballad.

"The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye" is yet another very tender love song that gets the royal treatment from Feinstein; Michael sings this elegantly and it works very well. Yes, some may say that Michael's rendition is a bit awkward; but Michael's rendition has its value, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL, MICHAEL, PERFECT MICHAEL
I love Michael Feinstein and the fact that he recorded Sinatra songs shouldn't have surprised me. But this is probably my favorite of all his recordings.
Published 6 months ago by peoplemove@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars micheal fienstien
More than pleased could not have asked for better

The songs are wonderful ans was just what I needed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by nancy
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound mixing
The sound mixing could be better...........once again, Michael's voice isn't really clear (as Sinatra's would be) in several of the songs.
Published 11 months ago by Kelly Levy CA
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Late To The Party
...because I only discovered this recording two months ago, but I can only state that it is absolutely magnificent. "Begin the Beguine" alone is worth the price of admission. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Don Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Michael Feinstein cannot do no wrong. Sinatra Project is the best and one that is a must in everyone's musical library.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Coombs
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra Project: Michael Feinstein
I bought this for my mother, who is a real die-hard Sinatra fan. She really loved Fienstien's cover versions. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Doomba
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Feinstein-Sinatra Project:
Michael Feinstein-Sinatra Project:
I love his genre of music and the fact he is keeping Sinatra alive. Look forward to
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Published 15 months ago by From San Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Feinstein
Anything Michael does is great(I own almost every CD or cassette of his)---and this is no exception.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Barbara A. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars MIchael Feinstein Sinatra Project
IT was great in all respects. The quality of sound, and the music was very enjoyable. Michael Feinstein does a great job.
Published 20 months ago by janet M. Yost
3.0 out of 5 stars He is not Frank
I was somewhat disappointed in this CD. I have other CD's but Michael Feinstein that I have enjoyed more. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by Patricia Mccarty
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