Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For the most part, as far as the moving picture camera is concerned, appearance is destiny, and when the camera first glimpsed 20-year-old Robert Davi in the TV movie Contract on Cherry St. in 1977, it saw an acne-scarred face with beady eyes and a sinister expression; it saw a villain. That young Davi was actually an aspiring opera baritone drafted into the part by the picture's star, Frank Sinatra, didn't matter. Suddenly, he had a movie and TV career, as long as he was willing to play heavies, and he went on to decades of steady work as a face audiences knew, even if they didn't stick around to read his name in the cast list. He never, however, gave up his dream of ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For the most part, as far as the moving picture camera is concerned, appearance is destiny, and when the camera first glimpsed 20-year-old Robert Davi in the TV movie Contract on Cherry St. in 1977, it saw an acne-scarred face with beady eyes and a sinister expression; it saw a villain. That young Davi was actually an aspiring opera baritone drafted into the part by the picture's star, Frank Sinatra, didn't matter. Suddenly, he had a movie and TV career, as long as he was willing to play heavies, and he went on to decades of steady work as a face audiences knew, even if they didn't stick around to read his name in the cast list. He never, however, gave up his dream of singing, and in the 2010s, in his mid-fifties, he has realized that dream, not with opera arias, but with a collection drawn from the Sinatra repertoire. He has not stinted on the effort, enlisting Sinatra regulars like producer Phil Ramone and mixer Al Schmitt, and recording in the studio below the Capitol Records building in Hollywood favored by his idol. He also commissioned new arrangements of the old standards by conductor Nic Tenbroek. Those charts, which evoke predecessors by the likes of Nelson Riddle and Billy May, are a key to the recording. They contain echoes of the earlier ones and are in the spirit of the '50s post-swing style, but they are new. Similarly, Davi makes no attempt to copy Sinatra's vocal sound, even if he repeats some of the phrasing down to the asides. Rather, he is his own singer, and his voice is actually closer to those of such second-tier Sinatra wannabes as Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Al Martino, and Steve Lawrence. That's still some rarified company, though. And the singer Davi most resembles is actually Robert Goulet, though his singing is less mannered and suppler than Goulet's. It's a big baritone voice, and that makes him better on the uptempo numbers, which dominate, and a bit less surefooted on the ballads. Still, his affection for the material is obvious, and this album should make a good souvenir for people able to catch his Sinatra tribute concerts in Las Vegas and other cities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2011
  • Label: Sun Lion
  • UPC: 044003150638
  • Catalog Number: 001
  • Sales rank: 12,384

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Davi Primary Artist
Robert Davi Indexed Contributor
Bob Sheppard Musician
Chuck Berghofer Musician
Jeff Driskill Musician
Chuck Findley Musician
Dan Fornero Musician
Alan Kaplan Musician
Peter Kent Musician
Joe La Barbera Musician
Nick Lane Musician
Warren Leuning Musician
Ed Martel Musician
Andy Martin Musician
Tom Peterson Musician
Mark Robertson Musician
Craig Stull Musician
John Wittenberg Musician
Brian Scanlon Musician
Jim DeJulio Musician
Julie Rogers Musician
Wayne Bergeron Musician
Larry Hall Musician
Peggy Baldwin Musician
Rudy Stein Musician
Kathleen Robertson Musician
Nic tenBroek Conductor
Pete DeSiena Musician
Songa Lee Musician
Sharon Jackson Musician
Briana Bandy Musician
Jessica van Velzen Musician
Chris Tedesco Musician
Larry Greenfield Musician
Phillip Teele Musician
Erika Walczak Musician
Judy Yoo Musician
Charlie Bisharar Musician
Linda Broughton Musician
Lee Calett Musician
Giovanna Clayton Musician
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
David Mann Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
James Van Heusen Composer
Dan Wallin Engineer
Charles Granata Liner Notes
Jim Cypherd Producer
Michael Aavold Engineer
Ted Koehler Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Lewis Spence Composer
Hans Bradtke Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Paul Smith Pro-Tools
Paula Salvatore Studio Manager
Edmund Goulding Composer
Nic tenBroek Arranger, Producer
Aaron Walk Pro-Tools
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Heinz Meier Composer
Robert Davi Composer, Liner Notes, Creation
Gary Catona Vocal Coach
Chris Poehler Orchestration
Trevor Crafts Cover Design
The Wizards of Oz Additional Production
Michael Ketchko Marketing
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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Davi Sings Sinatra-On The Road To Romance Hits Top 10 on the Billboard Charts

    Davi Sings Sinatra-On The Road To Romance Hits Top 10 on the Billboard Charts

    By KK Ryder

    Robert Davi an American/Italian Entertainer pays tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra- The Great American Songbook and America with a new album climbing the Billboard charts in the top 10 Traditional Jazz category.

    Known- for his hard, tough side in many villainous roles, starring in such films as Die Hard, James Bond License to Kill, The Goonies and Showgirls to name a few.

    Unknown- to most, is this amazing singer with the softer side we now see. Robert Davi pays homage to Frank Sinatra who hand-picked Davi as a young up and coming actor to share the screen in his first starring role..."Contract on Cherry Street" which was nominated for Best TV Feature/Miniseries at the 1978 Edgar Awards and thus Davi's Film career was born.
    If it hadn't been for that "divine intervention" We might have all been introduced first to Robert Davi the singer.

    We are now- and America..."Your Great American Songbook" is about to be re-opened and share the spotlight through the vocal talents of Robert Davi.
    Davi Sings Sinatra-On The Road To Romance is a collection of Romantic love songs once made popular by the Legendary Frank Sinatra.

    Recorded at Capital records with a 30 piece orchestra and under the guides of legendary producer Phil Ramone we now get to hold close at heart- these songs once again.

    Davi has captivated live audiences in choice venues from New York to California with a collection of songs from his new album aptly titled, Davi Sings Sinatra- On The Road To Romance- A Tribute to Sinatra- The Great American Songbook and America.

    The album is beautiful and romantic with the rich colorful tones and smooth singing style of Robert Davi. Such Sinatra favorite hits from the Great American Songbook as "World on a String" "Day In Day Out" "Witchcraft" to name a few sure should please the listener of any age!
    One of my very favorites, that seems to tug a little more at my heartstrings upon each listening was surprising enough "Summer Wind" the free flowing "shuffle like" ballad, when I usually prefer the up-beat songs.

    I highly recommend this CD... "let's fall in love" with Robert Davi as he begins his journey into a successful career as a singer... On his... Road To Romance!

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