The Sinatra Project

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although Frank Sinatra may be considered the king of traditional pop and Michael Feinstein is a successful later purveyor of the same style, the two have never seemed to have much in common. Sinatra, as Feinstein points out in his liner notes to The Sinatra Project, liked to credit songwriters and arrangers when performing their songs, but he also imposed his own style on everything he sang, while Feinstein, ever the musical scholar, prefers to serve the material and seems to take more pleasure in uncovering alternate lyrics and entire lost songs than in actually singing. Thus, for him to record a Sinatra tribute album, he had to plunge into the archives and even do ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although Frank Sinatra may be considered the king of traditional pop and Michael Feinstein is a successful later purveyor of the same style, the two have never seemed to have much in common. Sinatra, as Feinstein points out in his liner notes to The Sinatra Project, liked to credit songwriters and arrangers when performing their songs, but he also imposed his own style on everything he sang, while Feinstein, ever the musical scholar, prefers to serve the material and seems to take more pleasure in uncovering alternate lyrics and entire lost songs than in actually singing. Thus, for him to record a Sinatra tribute album, he had to plunge into the archives and even do some restoration and revision. The Sinatra Project is full of what for lack of a better word might be called "Feinsteinisms." Working with arranger/producer Bill Elliott, the singer has come up with charts recorded, naturally, at the Capitol Tower that ape the work of Nelson Riddle and Billy May, sometimes speculating about what they and Sinatra would have done with a particular song. For example, Sinatra recorded Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" only once in 1946 with an arrangement by Axel Stordahl. But suppose he had decided to re-cut it in the '50s. It might have sounded as it does here. Lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman and composer John Williams wrote the song "The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye" for Sinatra, who apparently intended to record it but did not live to do so. Feinstein gives it a reading here. Sinatra did record the Latin-styled "How Long Will It Last" to the accompaniment of Xavier Cugat's orchestra, but never released it. Again, Feinstein sings it here, in a duet with China Forbes. Clearly, the idea was to create a collection of Sinatra-iana, with marginal glosses on the great man's work, rather than just sing a bunch of songs associated with him. Typically, Feinstein brings in barely known or previously unheard lyrics, notably the introductory verse to "Fools Rush In." Less valid are Marshall Barer's new lyrics for Cole Porter's "At Long Last Love" apparently sanctioned by the Porter estate, which are clearly inferior and do not, as Feinstein asserts, replicate the effect of the kind of special lyrics Sammy Cahn used to write for Sinatra and others. So, some of this works, and some does not. And, as usual, Feinstein as a singer, despite having become suppler and expanding his range over the years, never manages to express his own identity through the material, in the way that Sinatra did -- generally within the first phrase.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
[Feinstein] came across as a seasoned swing-band vocalist with almost as much visceral clout as Frank Sinatra, to whom he pays tribute on his newest album, "The Sinatra Project".... Hammering the downbeats with a percussive ferocity, he showed he can more than hold his own with latter-day Sinatra acolytes like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr.
Los Angeles Times - Josh Getlin
The result is an album that some are calling one of the finest in Feinstein's career.... Surprises abound: Purists and casual fans might listen to Feinstein's knockout version of "Begin the Beguine" by Cole Porter and initially think that they've heard it before on one of Sinatra's great Capitol recordings. But they haven't. The swinging, jazzy arrangement, which was written and conducted by [Bill] Elliott, is a wholly original yet evocative tip of the hat to "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Night and Day" and other fabled Sinatra performances.
New York Sun - Will Friedwald
This is perhaps the most thoughtful Sinatra homage since Tony Bennett's, and has the feeling of being prepared by one die-hard Sinatra junkie for the express benefit of the rest of us -- a master's thesis in more tangibly enjoyable form.
Variety - Steven Suskin
We get the Sinatra style, influence and dressing without an attempt at imitation. This works swell.

The result is an album that some are calling one of the finest in Feinstein's career.... Surprises abound: Purists and casual fans might listen to Feinstein's knockout version of "Begin the Beguine" by Cole Porter and initially think that they've heard it before on one of Sinatra's great Capitol recordings. But they haven't. The swinging, jazzy arrangement, which was written and conducted by [Bill] Elliott, is a wholly original yet evocative tip of the hat to "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Night and Day" and other fabled Sinatra performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072308190
  • Catalog Number: 30819
  • Sales rank: 30,709

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Feinstein Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Alan Broadbent Piano
John Chiodini Guitar
Charles Coleman Viola
Phil Baker Upright Bass
Ray Brinker Drums
Gene Cipriano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
Larry Corbett Cello
Jeff Driskill Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
Phil Feather Saxophone, Woodwind
Darrel Gardner Trumpet
Grant Geissman Guitar
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Peter Kent Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Charles Loper Trombone
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Bruce Otto Trombone
Barbara Porter Violin
Kirk Smith Bass
David Stenske Viola
Josefina Vergara Violin
Craig Ware Bass Trombone
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Dave Stone Bass
Susan Chatman Violin
Julie Rogers Violin
China Forbes Vocals
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Soloist
Norm Hughes Violin
Carolyn Osborn Violin
Joël Belgique Viola
Andrew Picken Viola
Gavin Bondy Trumpet, Claves
Thomas Lauderdale Piano
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra Conductor
Jay Mason Saxophone, Wind, Woodwind
Don Shelton Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Wind, Woodwind, Soloist
Martin Zarzar Percussion, Drums
Donald Clarke Trumpet
Songa Lee Violin
Belinda Broughton Violin
Rudolph Stein Cello
Willie Murillo Trumpet
Maureen Love Harp
Charles Noble Viola
Derek Rieth Bongos, Maracas
Nicholas Crosa Concert Master
Joy Fabos Violin
Erika Walczak Violin
Technical Credits
Michael Feinstein Liner Notes
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Larry Corbett Principal
Jim Czak Engineer
Bill Elliott Audio Production
Dorothy Fields Composer
David Friedlander Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
David Stenske Principal
Doug Walter String Arrangements
Joseph Meyer Composer
China Forbes Duet
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Thomas Lauderdale Arranger, Producer
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Seth Presant Digital Editing
Max Lief Composer
Buck Snow Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Riku Campo grooming
Marshall Barer Composer
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