Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway

Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway

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by Michael Feinstein
     
 

It doesn't take a genius to find magnificent material among the many Broadway and Hollywood productions of the past century. But Michael Feinstein has nonetheless done a fine job of collecting sparkling gems from the theatrical and cinematic realms. If fact, all of the tunes are well-known standards, including Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Always,"…  See more details below

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It doesn't take a genius to find magnificent material among the many Broadway and Hollywood productions of the past century. But Michael Feinstein has nonetheless done a fine job of collecting sparkling gems from the theatrical and cinematic realms. If fact, all of the tunes are well-known standards, including Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Always," Johnny Mercer's "Something's Gotta Give," Rodger's and Hart's "Isn't It Romantic" and "My Funny Valentine," and Victor Young's "When I Fall in Love" and "My Foolish Heart." Feinstein, ever the sensitive interpreter, handles each with care, eliciting the most from their memorable melodies and finely honed lyrics. Feinstein gets first-class assistance from guests pianists Marian McPartland and Page Cavanaugh, and excellent jazz players including guitarist Bucky Pizzarrelli, pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist Jay Leonhardt, and saxophonist Gary Foster. (Feinstein also gives himself sympathetic piano accompaniment on a few tunes.) It's obvious that Feinstein, long a committed champion of the great American songbook repertoire, is in his element here -- literally, some of the tracks were recorded live at his Manhattan club, Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel -- and the comfort he both takes and imparts from these songs is palpable.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Romantic inspiration can be found in many places, but song stylist Michael Feinstein finds his in motion picture film scores and Broadway musicals on his third Concord Jazz release. Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway is a two-CD set filled with great romantic ballads such as "The More I See You," "The Second Time Around," "All the Way," and the enduring classic "When I Fall in Love." Feinstein's voice is alluring, sophisticated, and comfortable on this excellent collection of popular music that he interprets in so many heartfelt ways. He adds an additional set of lyrics written by Lorenz Hart on "Isn't It Romantic" that were never included in the original 1932 film Love Me Tonight. On the second disc, he places the emphasis on songs from Broadway musicals with the same sensitive phrasing, nuance, and romanticism. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" is a harmonic masterpiece. His dreamy reminisces of the heroine from the landmark Broadway musical My Fair Lady also offers superb piano stylings from Alan Broadbent. One of the most romantic love songs on the collection is "As Long as She Needs Me." Feinstein's amorous interpretation of the lyrics reveals the true beauty of this great love song. Accompanied by such great musicians as Marian McPartland on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Gary Foster on alto saxophone, Peter Erskine on drums, and Chuck Berghofer on bass, among others, Michael Feinstein takes these songs to a different time and space that is sure to keep lovers of romantic ballads happy for some time to come.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431490128
catalogNumber:
4901
Rank:
13796

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The More I See You
  2. The Second Time Around
  3. As Time Goes By
  4. Isn't It Romantic?
  5. All the Way
  6. Something's Gotta Give
  7. The Way You Look Tonight
  8. Long Ago (And Far Away)
  9. When I Fall in Love/My Foolish Heart
  10. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Disc 2

  1. Always
  2. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  3. If This Isn't Love
  4. They Say It's Wonderful
  5. I've Never Been in Love Before
  6. As Long as She Needs Me
  7. The Song Is You
  8. Darn That Dream
  9. The Best Things in Life Are Free
  10. My Funny Valentine
  11. Taking a Chance on Love
  12. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Daniel Block   Alto Saxophone
Joe Cocuzzo   Drums
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Marian McPartland   Piano
John Oddo   Piano
George Rabbai   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mark Vinci   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Vernon Duke   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Producer,Engineer
John Latouche   Composer
John Oddo   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Allen Sviridoff   Producer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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