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Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon

by Michael FeinsteinMichael Feinstein




Michael Feinstein, the five-time Grammy Award nominated, platinum-selling singer and pianist, releases his new CD Fly Me To The Moon, featuring guitar legend Joe Negri. The CD is being released in conjunction with "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook," the primetime PBS-TV documentary series.

This intimate new recording of classic standards with a sustained meditative mood follows in the tradition of singers like Johnny Mathis and Sammy Davis, Jr., who recorded popular albums with guitar accompaniment.

Michael and Joe first met on one of Michael's performances with the Pittsburg Symphony, where Negri is the regular guitarist. "Joe is so facile that can play just about anything," says Michael. "He is extraordinarily talented and very easy to collaborate with. Music just pours out of him." The CD was produced by Mr. Feinstein and also boasts Jay Leonhart on bass and Joe Cucuzzo on drums.

Fly Me To The Moon features time-honored standards like "It Could Happen To You," which includes the rarely-recorded verse. The Bart Howard title track -- long ago changed from its original moniker "In Other Words" -- tends to be taken at a fast pace. For this album, Feinstein and Negri restore the delicate waltz time in which it was written.

"Lonely Town" -- from the stage musical On The Town -- was one of the selections that Negri suggested. Feinstein recalls, "When I met Frank Sinatra, he told me how disappointed he was that the film's producer Arthur Freed wouldn't let him sing the song when he starred in On The Town. He had a great vision of performing it while Gene Kelly danced to it."

The rarity "One Love In My Life" by Harry Warren and Murray Grand, receives its first recording on this album. The melody was written by Warren as background music for a dramatic scene in the movie 42nd Street. Many years later, Feinstein found the sheet music and convinced his friend Murray Grand, the acclaimed songwriter of "Guess Who I Saw Today" and other hits, to pen the lyrics, even though they were never published.

A particular treat is Michael's beautiful vocal rendition of "Meditation," his first recording of a song associated with the Bossa Nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The tune, however, is one of the few in which Jobim wrote the original lyric instead of the melody. Michael performs the English lyrics that Norman Gimbel set to Newton Mendonca's music.

"A Mist Is On The Moon" by Oscar Hammerstein II and Ben Oakland ("Java Jive," "I'll Take Romance") was recorded by Tony Martin in 1938; when Michael recently asked Tony if he remembered the song, the 96 year-old sang it back word for word. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Duckhole
UPC: 0700261308395
catalogNumber: 3083


  1. So in Love
  2. Meditation
  3. Fly Me to the Moon
  4. I Wish I Knew
  5. Blame My Absent Minded Heart
  6. A Mist Is Over the Moon
  7. Serenata
  8. Why Shouldn't I
  9. One Love in My Life
  10. This Time the Dream's on Me
  11. A Man and His Dream
  12. While My Lady Sleeps
  13. Lonely Town
  14. It Could Happen to You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joe Cocuzzo   Drums
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Joe Negri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bruce Kaphan   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Murray Grand   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Bill Moss   Engineer
Randee St. Nichols   Cover Photo
Paul Andre   Producer

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