THE SINATRA PROJECT – MICHAEL FEINSTEIN!
I’M NOT A HUGE MICHAEL FEINSTIEN FAN BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION (HIS VOICE IS TOO CRYSTAL, HIS STYLE TOO BROADWAY FOR MY TASTES), BUT I’VE LISTENED TO A NUMBER OF CUTS OF THIS NEW ALBUM, THE SINATRA PROJECT, AND IT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING SPECIAL.
All About Jazz has a good piece on the new album:
Four time Grammy nominee, singer/pianist Michael Feinstein is poised to release his 24th album, The Sinatra Project, through Concord records September 2, 2008. The new album is a tribute to “The Chairman of the Board" himself, Frank Sinatra and is Feinstein's first recorded tribute to another performer. With the help of producer-arranger Bill Elliott, Feinstein realized they wanted to record an album of great romantic songs that had been sung by “Ol' Blue Eyes".
“For years I've had the desire to celebrate Sinatra's musical sensibilities, but I have no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to create an album that would explore his style of singing and his style of music" comments Feinstein.
To that end, the dynamic duo decided to record the album as they would have fifty years ago, in the famous last surviving recording studio from the days of stereo, Capital Studio A in Hollywood.
“We set up the recording sessions the way they were done back in the day, with the entire band in one room, drums next to the trumpets and saxes, using only a handful of microphones to capture the warmth and depth of the music" added Elliott.
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