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Power of Two
     

The Power of Two

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by Michael Feinstein, Cheyenne Jackson
 
Nightclub singer Michael Feinstein and Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, All Shook Up) look a little like a poster for Men in Black on the cover of their duo album, The Power of Two, dressed in black suit coats and ties and white shirts (but without the shades). It's a striking image for Feinstein, who certainly is no stranger to

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Nightclub singer Michael Feinstein and Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, All Shook Up) look a little like a poster for Men in Black on the cover of their duo album, The Power of Two, dressed in black suit coats and ties and white shirts (but without the shades). It's a striking image for Feinstein, who certainly is no stranger to suits, but doesn't tend to appear with the top button of his shirt unbuttoned and his tie loosened. On the contrary, whether it comes to sartorial effects or the studied nature of his recordings, he tends to be carefully groomed and highly deliberate. But the album cover signals that this is a slightly more casual version of Feinstein, and the music fulfills that indication. The two start with a rewritten version of "I'm Nothing Without You" from the Broadway musical City of Angels, one of six duets on the disc (which also contains four Feinstein solo performances and five Jackson solos). From the beginning, the two singers display a rapport, with Jackson, who has a more distinctive voice and a more natural performing style than Feinstein, helping his better-known partner loosen up and wail. Their version of "Me and My Shadow," which follows, is a copy of the one by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., from the early '60s, albeit with Feinstein's own club substituted for Sinatra's watering hole, Jilly's. Even without his partner, Feinstein seems unusually stimulated, notably in an impassioned performance of Cole Porter's "So in Love." Jackson, meanwhile, gives a preview of his next Broadway show, a revival of Finian's Rainbow, in his take on "Old Devil Moon" and scats his way through a jazzy arrangement of Duke Ellington's "I'm Checkin' Out -- Go'om Bye." Feinstein finds himself handling material quite unlike what he usually does, notably when he joins Jackson on Indigo Girls' "The Power of Two" and the Elvis Presley standard "If I Can Dream." There is a gay context to the proceedings that becomes explicit when they sing the love duet from The King and I, "We Kiss in a Shadow," as well as in Jackson's closing performance of the Gershwins' "Someone to Watch Over Me," a song written for a woman to sing about a man; Jackson doesn't change the pronouns. But that is only to say that this is an album full of feeling, which is not usually the case in Feinstein's highly considered recordings. Musically at least, Cheyenne Jackson is one of the best things that's ever happened to him.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
Label:
Harbinger
UPC:
0632433250426
catalogNumber:
2504

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano
Cheyenne Jackson   Primary Artist
David Finck   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bob Mann   Guitar
John Oddo   Piano,Musical Direction
Dave Ratajczak   Percussion,Drums
David Andrew Mann   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Gretchen Cryer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Michael Leonard   Composer
John Oddo   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Cole Porter   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Emily Saliers   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
David Zippel   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
W. Earl Brown   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Cheyenne Jackson   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Karl Simone   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Nancy Ford   Composer
Marshall Barer   Composer

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The Power of Two 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
musicluvr24 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a new (or older) Michael Feinstein recording, and could hardly wait for this one to appear. Cheyenne Jackson was a pleasant surprise, especially when I discovered he was from my own area of the world. These are all great songs, with beautiful arrangements, and backed by great musicians as well. There is nothing not to like with this cd and anyone who likes the Great American Songbook type of songs will thoroughly enjoy this cd. For fans of Cheyenne, I hear there will be a Broadway cast recording of Finian's Rainbow featuring him and Kate Baldwin and the rest of the cast of the new revival, coming up soon.
VEG More than 1 year ago
The Power of Two is one of the best cds of the year. The concept is fully realized by these two pros who thoughtfully chose material that not only displays all their phenomenal talents, but tells the story of friendship, love and loss. I didn't think anybody could top Garland's "A Foggy Day" from her "Live At Carnegie Hall Album" 48 years ago, but Cheyenne Jackson takes the song to another level vocally and emotionally. Then he jazzes up "Old Devil Moon" which he is currently singing sublimely in Finian's Rainbow eight times a week. "Old Friend" brought a tear to my eye, sung with poignancy and mellow understatement by Michael Feinstein. For contrast, he growls and wails on some of the great Cole Porter lyrics in "So In Love." Their voices blend beautifully on the duets and they can swing and croon with the best. This album recalls the greatest of Sinatra's albums from the 1950s. What more can I say? Rejoice in The Power of Two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. Michael is a great artist and I have been waiting a long time for a new album. I was very disappointed with the choice of song and quality of the recording. I had pre ordered and did not realize it was in conjunction w/ another artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago