JazzTimes - p.72
"[Feinstein] achieves a genuinely Sinatra-esque ease from start to finish, and the cumulative result is the finest of the 24 album's he's delivered to date."
Billboard (p.42) - "With classics like 'Fools Rush In,' 'The Song Is You' and 'Begin the Beguine,' you can't go wrong."
Personnel: Michael Feinstein (vocals, piano); China Forbes (vocals); Grant Geissman, John Chiodini (guitar); Jay Mason, Don Shelton (saxophone, wind); Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Alan Broadbent, Thomas Lauderdale (piano); Dave Stone , Kirk Smith (bass instrument); Ray Brinker (drums).
Michael Feinstein has built a career out of interpreting standards and favorites from the American Songbook, so THE SINATRA PROJECT, an album of tunes made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes, comes as no surprise. Rather than trying to imitate Sinatra, Feinstein takes pains to arrange and deliver standbys like "Fools Rush In," "I've Got a Crush On You," and "You Go To My Head" in a style distinctive from the master. Romantic, sophisticated, and filled with nostalgia, Feinstein's THE SINATRA PROJECT is both a suitable tribute to the icon, and a lovely listening experience in its own right.