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An Evening With Scott Hamilton & Friends

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Scott Hamilton & Michael Feinstein Concord 2004

Two classy entertainers turn this television special and extended DVD into a musical moment that captures your full attention throughout. Michael Feinstein’s grand piano has been placed right next to the skating rink down front. With a small jazz ensemble, he sings from the American Popular Songbook, as a cast of professional skaters accompanies with lots of graceful visual action. He and skater Scott Hamilton host the event and provide a comfortable, up-close look at what makes music the universal language.

With sweater-vest and polka ...

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Michael Feinstein: Big City Rhythms

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Having created some of the best and most enduring musical catalogs of Great American Songbook composers and some of the best cabaret sets ever heard, Michael Feinstein breaks new ground with his first Big Band album. Growing up in the personal attendance of the legendary Ira Gershwin and in the comforting shadow of such standard bearers as Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin, Feinstein has partnered his smokey vocals with the fiery horns of the legendary Maynard Fergusion for Big City Rhythms, his 18th album.

From the gentle small combos of Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought ...

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Michael Feinstein: Michael & George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin

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Predominantly composed with the warm and familiar intimacy of his famed cabaret sets, Michael Feinstein’s latest release panders a bit to the popular and loses some credibility in the process. A noted expert on the life, times and music of Mr. Gershwin who has performed this material many times before, Feinstein fittingly joins the throngs paying tribute to the centenarian songwriter with this set of fifteen selections, including one on which George himself provides the instrumentation (by way of one of his famous piano rolls).

Though he may be known as the contemporary keeper of the Gershwin ...

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Michael Feinstein: Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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When a top but often undersung crooner pairs up with a similarly situated symphony, the results can often be much more than fantastic. The mellow moods of tunes like “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" and “On a Clear Day" may not allow the power of either to be fully recognized, but the emotional coloring is rich and beautiful. And when Feinstein and Conductor Alan Broadbent give the signal to add some sturm und drang to “Stormy Weather" or to bring the crowd to their feet with a final belt of “I Won’t Send Roses," their reserved power ...

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Michael Feinstein: Michael and George

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Predominately composed with the warm and familiar intimacy of his famed cabaret sets, Michael Feinstein’s latest release panders a bit to the popular and loses some credibility in the process. A noted expert on the life, times and music of Mr. Gershwin who has performed this material many times before, Feinstein fittingly joins the throngs paying tribute to the centenarian songwriter with this set of fifteen selections, including one on which George himself provides the instrumentation (by way of one of his famous piano rolls). Though he may be known as the contemporary keeper of the Gershwin standard, Michael allows ...

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Michael Feinstein: Big City Rhythms

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Having created some of the best and most enduring musical catalogs of the composers of the Great American Songbook and some of the best cabaret sets ever heard, Michael Feinstein is breaking new ground with his first Big Band album. Growing up in the personal attendance of the legendary Ira Gershwin and in the comforting shadow of such standard bearers as Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin, Feinstein has partnered his smokey vocals with the fiery horns of the legendary Maynard Fergusion for this, his 18th album. From the gentle small combos of Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of ...

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Michael Feinstein: Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway

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Released just in time for the 2000 holiday season (and I did see this CD filling end-cap displays at Barnes & Noble), the new Michael Feinstein two-CD package broadens his appeal beyond Broadway tunes that he does so famously. Instead, he has chosen romantic tunes written for film and stage as the glue holding together all of the tunes thematically.As one would expect, almost all of the tunes were written by the classic songwriters of earlier generations, going as far back as Irving Berlin’s “Always,” written in 1925. With the usual suspects of Porter, Hammerstein, Kern, Gershwin and ...



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