33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
"The Songs of Sinatra are like members of my family. Growing up in our Italian family, my Mom and Dad idolized and constantly played the recordings of Frank Sinatra. Since I was a little boy, they have played an important role in my life and always fill my heart with warmth and affection." ~ Steve Tyrell ~
I could relate to Steve Tyrell and like him, I grew up hearing Frank Sinatra's music from my late father's collection and learned to appreciate his music at an early age. This is one of the best Frank Sinatra tributes ever recorded. I'm so ecstatic about the sweet renaissance of standards that has been taking place in the music scene now. It's so nice to hear fresh interpretations of these evergreens with new flair, style and arrangements. My appreciation to Steve Tyrell for being one of the key figures in bringing back these standards made popular by the legendary Entertainer of the Century, Frank Sinatra. What a way to pay tribute to the most-loved singer of all-time.
I was with a group of friends at a dinner/concert of Steve Tyrell at the Catalina Jazz Club two weekends ago and totally enjoyed his performances. One of my friends who hadn't heard of Steve Tyrell became an 'instant fan' saying - "I fell in love with his voice and his style of singing" and she thanked me for introducing Mr. Tyrell's music to her. After the awesome concert, we all were happy-campers knowing that we had "samples" of some of the songs included in 'yet-to-be-released' album at that time. He performed to perfection with a terrific back-up band the very best of Sinatra songs such as Alan and Marilyn Bergman's "Nice 'N' Easy," Cole Porter's "I Concentrate On You," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You," Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" and Bob Hilliard and David Mann's "In The Wee Small Hours." In between his performances, he shared some interesting anecdotes about him and his music. He also acknowledged the presence of Tina Sinatra and thanked her for being one of the people responsible for making this superb recording possible.
This album delights us with fourteen of my all-time favorite Sinatra staples. My personal favorites include "Fly Me To The Moon," featuring the fantastic trumpet of Clark Terry and arranged by Quincy Jones based on Sinatra's original recording. The second track "I Concentrate On You," featuring Hillary Kole on background vocals has the loveliest Bossa Nova arrangement by Bob Mann and the string section was arranged and conducted by Alan Broadbent. His performances on "All The Way," "Night And Day" and "All Of Me" are simply breathtaking.
The fabulous duets with Frank Sinatra, Jr. "The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else," and with his daughter, Lauryn Tyrell "Something Stupid" are two of the highlights of this recording.
I would single out "You Go To My Head" as my absolute favorite from this collection. With his gentle and retire-the-trophy treatment of this gem by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie and featuring Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn, this track could easily be my all-time favorite version.
"You go to my head
And you linger like a haunting refrain
And I find you spinning 'round in my brain
Like the bubbles in a glass of champagne. . .
. . . You go to my head
With a smile that makes my temperature rise
Like a summer with a thousand Julys
You intoxicate my soul with your eyes."
Listening to all these beautiful standards with stunning interpretations and arrangements has left me wishing that he would record some more of my all-time favorite Sinatra songs such as Glenn Miller/Mitchell Parish classic "Moonlight Serenade," Bud Green/Michael Edwards "Once In A While," Johnny Mandel/Paul Webster "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and Mack Gordon/Edmund Goulding "Mam'selle," to suggest a few. "Songs of Sinatra, Volume II" coming up?
I highly recommend this strikingly awesome CD for your listening pleasure always and forever!
* * * * *TEN STARS* * * * *
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Songs Of Sinatra is yet another wonderful album by Steve Tyrell; and he proves his mettle well on every track here. Steve's ability to take a song and deliver it so sensitively really impresses me and this is true blue exquisite music. The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very nicely done. These are songs, of course, that Sinatra used to love to sing; and the CD is indeed a touching tribute to The Chairman Of The Board.
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" is a Cole Porter tune that Steve Tyrell sings to perfection--and how's about that piano arrangement? Steve sings a rarely heard opening verse and when he goes into the main lyrics of the song this takes off like a jet! Steve's excellent diction really helps him perform so very well; and the music fits in perfectly with his vocals. "Fly Me To The Moon" gets the royal treatment from Tyrell and the musicians as they work together to make "Fly Me To The Moon" a major highlight of this album. Steve swings brightly to make this number work and you can tell with just one listen! It's a very pretty melody and it's upbeat as well--wonderful! "Witchcraft" is another Sinatra staple that Steve sings so very well; "Witchcraft" sounds like silk when Steve Tyrell sings it. Now Sinatra surely would have been proud of THIS!
"In The Wee Small Hours" is a song Sinatra often sang, reportedly after his upsetting breakup with Ava Gardner. Steve does great justice to this classic torch song by giving it every bit as good a performance as Sinatra ever could have. The strings are very beautiful and this enhances the number even more. "(I've Got You) Under My Skin" is another classic ballad and the musical arrangement is a bit more contemporary without sacrificing any of the natural beauty of the original arrangement; and Steve's voice, ever so slightly gravelly, sounds better than ever on "(I've Got You) Under My Skin." "Night And Day" is a charming love song and Steve sing this flawlessly--I love that brass in the music, too.
"Nice 'N' Easy" sounds like pure silk and Steve bats this straight out of the ballpark! Steve never misses a beat, nor does he sing a superfluous note either. "All Of Me" is a stunning song about the joys of falling in love, celebrating that love, and dealing with a "goodbye," too; and the album ends strong with Steve Tyrell performing "You Go To My Head." "You Go To My Head" gets a slower tempo than I'm used to hearing; but it grew on me quickly and that's wonderful.
Songs Of Sinatra is Steve Tyrell's way of paying tribute to Frank Sinatra; and it's obvious to me that Steve succeeded. I recommend this for Steve's fans, Sinatra's fans, and people who like classic pop vocals.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Pop vocalist of the millennium is Steve Tyrell, the crooner with sensitivity in his delivery and his latest Hollywood Records release "Songs of Sinatra" [enhanced], arriving near the eve of our Holiday Season with some vintage Irving Berlin, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Cy Coleman, Gus Kahn, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart standards...featuring an unforgettable signature style that takes you back to the '40s, '50s and '60s...listening to every tune on this album brings back memories of Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and of course Chairman of the Board Mr.Frank Sinatra as they were crooning favorite standards of the day...Tyrell has the style and ability of Frank Sinatra...the uncanny ability to nail each track with his relaxing style and making it his own.
Sit back and let's take a listen to the selections on this guaranteed winner..."I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU" and "I CONCENTRATE ON YOU" (featuring Hillary Kole), wonderful arrangement by Bob Mann and Alan Broadbent, as Steve sings mixed with orchestrated strings ..."FLY ME TO THE MOON", great arrangement by Quincy Jones on this classic tune, swingin' big band is here and alive..."WITCHCRAFT", very big song for Frank, but Steve's interpretation is right on....."IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS", this arrangements hits home with Alan Broadbent's touching arrangement..."THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE", featuring a dynamic duet between Steven and Frank Jr., I predict this will be the most requested song from this album on the airwaves..."I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN", classic Cole Porter with a jazzy arrangement by Bob Mann and Alan Broadbent, more than a toe-tapper, as Steve pours out his heart with a vengence..."BEWITCHED BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED", wonderful verse to this standard and Steve hits the mark with a perfect bullseye and you're loving every minute of it..."NIGHT AND DAY", with a foxtrot tempo this Fred Astaire original has a classic arrangement, take note Steve is having a ball..."ALL THE WAY", dim the lights and pour your favorite beverage, with your favorite partner this is a lush arrangement by once again Mann and Broadbent, the lyrics tell the whole story..."NICE 'N' EASY", the classic title album hit from yesteryear with a soft swingin' performance provides Steve to make his entrance and groove on the Bergman tune..."SOMETHNG STUPID", the great Ernie Freeman arrangement featuring Lauryn Tyrell is a rare track between father and daughter, takes you back to the original by Nancy and Frank Sr..."ALL OF ME", look out Ole Blues Eyes, cause Steve's on the loose with the one and only arrangement orchestrated by Sammy Nestico not bad company for Tyrell to be in..."YOU GO TO MY HEAD", featuring Roy Hargrove brings a tear to your eye as Steve pours his heart out along with heartfelt lyrics, just listen quietly and see if you don't agree.
My wife and I were fortunate enough to see Steve in a St. Louis concert, met him back stage...might add this gentleman made a very positive impression on all who attended that night's show...he's a first class guy and has everything going for him...couldn't happen to a nicer person...it's like second nature with his natural ability to vocalize and be a crowd pleaser is pure magic...shows why Tyrell has the the stuff stars are made of...he's the hottest property in the genre of "The American Standard"..climb aboard and enjoy the brillance of each tune he puts his stamp on, you'll never regret it...Good Luck, Steve!
Total Time: 49:00 on 14 Tracks ~ Hollywood Records 162550 ~ (11/08/2005)
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2005
I bought this CD as soon as it was available...I own every wonderful CD Steve Tyrell has ever recorded, and I will continue to grab them off the shelf...as long as I have a dime and he has a voice! Long ago I wrote a "Listmania" compilation for Amazon called "The Best Men...MUSICALLY SPEAKING," and I did not hesitate to add Tyrell to my list, right along with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Tony Bennett. Well, maybe Steve should have lead that list. He is definitely the most unique and ingenious song stylist in the world today, and it seems appropriate that he pays homage in this CD to the 'original' Chairman, Francis Albert Sinatra. And if Ol' Blue Eyes were around today, I know he would be paying homage to Steve Tyrell.
"Nice & Easy" and "All the Way" are probably my favorite songs from this collection...oh, except for "In the Wee Small Hours" and "I Concentrate on You"...ooops, I mean "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Fly Me to the Moon" and...oh, hell, ALL of 'em are instant classics, ok?
I don't write many reviews for Amazon anymore. The last one was probably two years ago, and it was a heartfelt, very personal review of...guess who?...Steve Tyrell (and his current CD at that time, "This Guy's in Love.") I am writing again now not only because Steve's latest CD has me excited, but also to respond to a question asked in an earlier review: "After you've covered Frank, who's left?" I can answer that!
I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Tyrell recently between shows at 'The Jazz Kitchen' in Indianapolis. I told him then that I was going to send him an old vinyl album by a great (although, sadly, mostly forgotten by now) singer and nightclub star from the 50's and 60's...Roberta Sherwood. The album I had in mind is called "Show Stoppers," and contains a torch song called "A Woman Ages Quicker Than a Man." The minute I first heard Steve tyrell singing, I knew he would be the only male in the music industry who could possibly handle...translate in a masculine style...the lyrics of what had exclusively been considered a 'woman's song.' So...how about a follow-up to the Sinatra CD with one that pays tribute to the great LADIES of American music? Roberta Sherwood's "A Woman Ages Quicker Than a Man" or "Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them"; "His Eye is on The Sparrow" to honor the legendary Ethel Waters (or Della Reese, who sang such a haunting version of it many years later); songs such as "Cabin in the Sky" and "Rain Sometimes"; Liza Minnelli's "Maybe This Time" or "But the World Goes Round"; and not what you would 'expect' for Garland ("Over the Rainbow," "The Man That Got Away") but rather one of her little, sad gems..."It Never Was You" or "It's a New World."
Steve, you have already created magic on an earlier CD with "Why Was I Born," which, until I heard you singing it, I could only associate with a famous female torch singer, Helen Morgan (or Polly Bergen, brilliantly portraying Morgan in later years). With your very masculine, raspy, emotional voice you could bring new meaning and new depth to beautiful lyrics previously 'owned' by so many legendary ladies...Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Blossom Dearie, Dinah Washington, Rosemary Clooney, Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Pearl Bailey, Billie Holiday...and you could breathe new life into the 'forgotten' Roberta Sherwoods of show business history. A great 'intro song' (or even album title for the collection) would be Peter Allen's "Quiet Please...There's a Lady on Stage."
I firmly believe Steve Tyrell can bring musical perfection to ANYTHING...so come on, Steve, do it ALL!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2005
To all you Steve Tyrell fans -- This CD is a must for your collection. He sings Sinatra's songs with such flair and sincerity (almost better than Frank sang them). I love that he featured Frank Jr., Dave Koz, and his daughter Lauryn on this CD. Keep it up, Steve. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2005
Steve Tyrell just gets better with time. His smooth and mellow voice is a natural for all of the great songs that were the enjoyment of a different era of music. He brings them back with much feeling and warmth for all to enjoy once more. He is a pleasure to listen to.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
Steve sang these songs when my sister and I attended his performance at the Catalina Bar and Grill in West Hollywood on October 26. I am a Sinatra fan, but Steve can outdo everyone, in my opinion! His style is original, heartfelt, and his musicians are the best. We pre-purchased the CD and it will be in the mail anyday! I can't wait! We will also attend his performances at Yoshi's in Oakland, California in February.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
I was recently introduced to Steve Tyrell's music by a dear friend and was delighted to see him perform at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Songs of Sinatra is my first CD by Steve but I know I will end up with all of his releases. I have not stopped playing this CD since I got it and when I shut it off the music continues to play in my head all day long.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
Steve Tyrell's music is a treat for me, like a piece of expensive, decadent, dark, rich chocolate - a gift to myself that never disappoints. :)
I even admit to closing my eyes to listen to him sing when I attended his outdoor concert in Oct 04. There's just something about that voice and those arrangements that make me so very glad I can hear.
Buy the CD if you are tired of silky, perfect-voiced singers you hear in coffee shops, who do nothing but serve as soothing background noise while you talk with your friends or read. Steve Tyrell's way of singing draws you in; you can't play him as background noise.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
Only Tyrell would dare to touch these sacred Sinatra Classics - he's the only one to have earned the right. All The Way will bring you to your knees. Thank you Steve, for loving this music so much, and for doing it so well.