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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Lovely Album . . . I Love It!, September 9, 2008
This review is from: The Sinatra Project (Audio CD)
"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. Feinstein swings with finesse and sings with his own exceptional style, and of course does not imitate 'Ol Blue Eyes, who was incomparably unique and matchless. Bill Elliott did an excellent job with the ingeniously beautiful big band arrangements and orchestrations. Also featured is an incredibly brilliant pianist, Alan Broadbent, who has been collaborating with Mr. Feinstein over the years on some of his remarkable recordings most notably Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway.

The entire CD is an absolute winner from the opener, "Exactly Like You" which is an excellent appetizer that will leave your ears clamoring for more beautiful big band arrangements down to the final cut, "At Long Last Love." And in between the first and last tracks, you'll be pleased with equal satisfaction listening to his stunning renditions of "Begin The Beguine," "The Song Is You," "I've Got A Crush On You," "You Go To My Head," "Fools Rush In" and a medley of "All My Tomorrows"/"All The Way." China Forbes of Pink Martini graced this program with a duet on "How Long Will It Last," a seldom recorded song from the pens of Max Lief and Joseph Meyer.

An emotional highlight is his heart-wrenching delivery of a new song from this set, "The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye," from the pens of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. It was written exclusively for Frank Sinatra who commissioned it to sing in concert. Per Michael Feinstein's notes, Frank Sinatra never learned the song in spite of his reported adoration for it, and cried the first time Alan Bergman sang it for him saying: "How do you know so much about my life?"

This is obviously one of the best Sinatra tributes ever recorded and it is a worthy addition to your Frank Sinatra and Michael Feinstein music collection. I love this album with all my heart -- it belongs to the first of three categories from my music collection: (1) Closest-to-my-heart-collection, (2) Closer-to-my-heart-collection, and (3) Close-to-my-heart-collection.

A lovely album. With my heartfelt recommendation.
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2008, 12:34:32 PM PDT
Can't wait to obtain this one, after reading this terrific review. "Rebecca" has impeccable musical tastes and it is always a delight to see such fine reviews go straight into the "spotlight" where they belong. Informed, and informative, "Rebecca" almost alone among the "Top 1000" (or so) reviewers always gives credit to the great musicians and arrangers -- as here:

"[Michael] is backed by the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra which is made up of fifty musicians and concert masters. On the entire album, Mr. Feinstein swings with finesse and sings with his own exceptional style, and of course does not imitate 'Ol Blue Eyes, who was incomparably unique and matchless.

"Bill Elliott did an excellent job with the ingeniously beautiful big band arrangements and orchestrations. Also featured is an incredibly brilliant pianist, Alan Broadbent, who has been collaborating with Mr. Feinstein over the years on some of his remarkable recordings most notably Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway."

If I were Michael Feinstein, I'd send you roses, after this review, Rebecca!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2008, 8:48:45 PM PDT
You should have this in your collection, Mark. It's one of Michael Feinstein's best recordings. You're in for a lovely listening journey...it simply offers some of the best interpretations and arrangements for these timeless standards. Thank you very kindly for the compliment!

All the best,
Rebecca

P.S. Pink roses, please! :)
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