Michael Feinstein Michael & George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin
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- Released: October 19, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Concord Records
- 1.Embraceable You
- 2.Nobody But You
- 3.Love Is Here to Stay
- 4.Do It Again
- 5.Of Thee I Sing
- 6.Funny Face
- 7.Lonely Boy
- 8.Shall We Dance?
- 9.Oh Gee!-Oh Joy!
- 11.Stairway to Paradise, (I'll Build A)
- 12.Love Walked In
- 13.Comes the Revolution
Personnel: Michael Feinstein (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes); Gary Foster (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone); George Gershwin, Stan Freeman (piano); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Albie Berk, Mike Fletcher (drums); Bruce roberts, David Tobocman (programming); David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, Bruce Roberts (background vocals).
Producers: Bruce Roberts, David Tobocman, John Burk.
Recorded at Mad Hatter Studios and Bomec Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Includes liner notes by Michael Feinstein.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
MICHAEL & GEORGE: FEINSTEIN SINGS GERSHWIN was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Michael Feinstein (vocals, piano); Frederico Ramos, Jim Fox (guitar); Novi Novog (viola); Gary Foster (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone); Stan Freeman, George Gershwin (piano); Mike Fletcher, Albie Berk (drums); Bruce Roberts (programming, background vocals); David Tobocman (programming); Arnold McCuller (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Bob Levy ; Joel Moss ; John Burk; Leslie Ann Jones; Bernie Kirsh.
Liner Note Author: Michael Feinstein.
Recording information: Bomec Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Mad Hatter Studios.
Photographer: Roger Dong.
Arrangers: David Tobocman; Michael Feinstein; Bruce Roberts.
For anyone familiar with the work of pianist/vocalist Feinstein, this album would be the very definition of the term "no-brainer." Feinstein has made a career out of championing the Gershwin/Berlin-era popular song in an age when loud guitars had replaced lush, melodic songwriting in the public favor. Having spent his entire professional life studying and interpreting the work of Gershwin and his contemporaries, Feinstein is eminently qualified to tackle an entire album of the legendary composer's work (more so than some who've done so in the past). The orchestrations are subtle and effective, as are Feinstein's voice and piano. While well-known tunes like "Embraceable You" and "Swanee" are here, the balance of the album is filled with lesser-known gems that will delight any Gershwin fan.
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