Somethin' Like Love

Somethin' Like Love

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by Steven Pasquale
     
 
Steven Pasquale has achieved success performing in Broadway shows like The Spitfire Grill and acting in television series like Rescue Me. A friend of fellow Broadway actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, she introduced him to her husband, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, who proceeded to collaborate with him on Pasquale's

Overview

Steven Pasquale has achieved success performing in Broadway shows like The Spitfire Grill and acting in television series like Rescue Me. A friend of fellow Broadway actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, she introduced him to her husband, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, who proceeded to collaborate with him on Pasquale's debut vocal CD. The soothing lyric baritone is quite at home with most of the selections, which are dominated by standards written long before his birth. With Marcus Pauley adding well-placed backing on muted trumpet, plus either Larry Fuller or Tony Monte on piano, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and drummer Tony Tedesco, Pasquale savors each number, never detouring far from the melody, while showing the finesse of an actor well-versed in communicating a song's lyrics on-stage. It's nice to hear "If I Were a Bell" sung in a more relaxed ballad setting, while John Pizzarelli provides his sole accompaniment for the striking take of "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Molaskey and her husband penned the romantic ballad "Somethin' Like Love," which Pasquale treats like a standard in the making. This is an enjoyable session that should be a perfect soundtrack for late-night romance.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607097523
catalogNumber:
975

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Pasquale   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Executive Producer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
John Pizzarelli   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
David Raksin   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Bart Migal   Engineer
Jessica Molaskey   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Derek Bishop   Art Direction

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Somethin' Like Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting selection of songs, but his voice sounds great on everything.
RogerLakins More than 1 year ago
Steven Pasquale has made a big impression on Broadway audiences for the past several years. His work has been both musical and straight drama, and he's very good. Many across the country know him much better as the beguiling, but rather slow, Sean Garrity on the TV hit Rescue Me. For those who only know him from that venue, this disc should be a revelation. You will see the tender, intelligent and insightful side of this gifted young man. On this, his first solo album, Pasquale has decided to deliver an unabashedly romantic program, and this he does with great good taste and class. I am a good deal older than Pasquale, and looking over the play list I was thinking, "These are the songs my parents loved way back when!" He breathes new life into them all. I was especially moved by "Summertime," and "My Funny Valentine," but hands down - he gives the best rendition I've ever heard of "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." His jacket notes pay a loving tribute to his wife Laura Benanti and their little daughter. Steven makes it clear from his notes that this project has come at a time in his life when things are more than pretty good, and the program is in places a very personal expression of his gratitude for his family. Steven Pasquale has delivered the goods on a super collection of love songs giving them a sensitive, natural, super mellow and subtle performance. His voice is rich but light and never forced. If you have a half decent sound system, you will feel as though you are in an intimate blues and jazz club in the late evening. The arrangements of his program sound fresh and are brought to life by a really together group of accomplices including Larry Fuller and Tony Monte on piano, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Tony Tedesco on drums, Marcus Parsley playing an elegant muted trumpet and John Pizzarelli on guitar. The sound has wonderful cohesion of interpretation and expression and the technical side of the resording is top notch. This is the kind of album to share with someone very special, when the kids are either away or asleep, and you have a fine bottle of wine and candle light. Like nights in Venice, it is pleasurable to anyone --- but mind-blowing for lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL LOVED IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago