Michael Poss: Silver Screen Serenades
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Michael Poss is a West Coast cabaret performer and this album captures two live appearances at the Roosevelt Hotel's The Cinegrill. The title is a bit misleading. While there are many movie tunes included there are also some composed by Poss. But they are likely what Poss would write for the screen if asked. The matter of the accompaniment is also a bit cloudy. The liner notes lists players fewer players than obviously are present. Either this is dubbed in or the player list is incomplete. Whatever, what's important is the outcome and it isn't bad at all. Like most all cabaret singers, most of the material on this album will be unfamiliar except to the most dedicated cabaret fans. The tunes are picked to let Poss exercise the cabaret singer's gift for story telling, which Poss does quite well. So of the 20 songs on the play bill, only about five will be familiar to most.
The stock in trade of a cabaret singer is to be able to deliver lyrics clearly. Also following the rules of the cabaret game, his play list mixes up tempo, often witty tunes with those telling a tale of lost love, never be to found or rekindled. All of this Poss accomplishes with elan using with his baritone with slight vibrato to excellent effect. On occasion he gets close to the tenor level as his voice moves up pretty high on the scale on such tunes as "On Such a Night As This". Now and then, Poss gets carried away trying to sing louder than his voice is capable of and it ends up closer to shouting than to vocalizing as on "To See Your Face Again". But this doesn't happen enough to prevent a recommended rating for this hour's plus worth of cabaret. Visit Michael at his interesting web home at www.michaelposs.com.
Track Listing: I Only Want to Be with You; It Might Be You; Patter; On Such a Night as This; Faithful, Forever; Patter; Medley: They Say That Falling in Love Is Wonderful/Need to Be in Love; Love Finds You; Medley: The Shadow of Your Smile/Moment to Moment/Two for the Road; Marnie; The Music of Your Soul; To See Your Face Again; I've Got the Co-Dependent, Razor Blade, Torch Song Blues; The Jitterbug; Patter; Medley: Unexpected Friends/Where There Is Love; He'll Carry You; Love Is Here to Stay; Bonus Tracks: To See Your Face Again; He'll Carry You
Personnel: Michael Poss - Vocals; Christopher Hardin - Piano/Keyboards; Dave Pozzi - Sax; Bill Armstrong - Trumpet; Dave Stout - Trombone; Terry Harrinton - Clarinet; Harry Gilbert - Cello; Gail Acosta, Mark Casillas - Violin; Rick Kraushaar - Guitar; Andrea Sanson, Mary Hylan, Carl Graves - Background Vocals
Record Label: Twilight Souls Music