Absolutely amazing was my initial response after listening to this CD twice! Michael Bolton not only pulls it off singing a tribute to Sinatra with the Sinatra big band sound, he makes every song he performs dynamic, intimate and true to the Sinatra idea of what a song should be. This is big band music at its finest. The big band includes 17 horns and 35 string players.
There are 12 songs in the collection. To big band, swing and jazz fans, each one will strike a pleasant memory of the Frank Sinatra who sang them. Interpreted by Michael Bolton, each song takes on a new life of its own.
The 12 songs are standards. Among them are just classics as "You Go To My Head," "Fly Me To The Moon," "For Once In My Life," "Summer Wind," "My Funny Valentine," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "That's Life," "The Second Time Around" (duet with Nicollette Sheridan), "The Girl From Ipanema," Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "New York New York."
Michael Bolton does well with these songs. He puts his heart and soul into each one and the result is outstanding. The Sinatra material fits Bolton like a smooth, velvet glove!
Bolton will surprise the jazz listening audience with his rendition of such songs as Cole Porter's "Night and Day," "My Funny Valentine," and "Summer Wind." Bolton sets his own pace and achieves an excellent tribute to Frank Sinatra while maintaining that special vocal magic which is Michael Bolton. "For Once In My Life" is another topnotch rendition by Bolton.
If you like Sinatra and Bolton, this will be a must-have CD collection for your home library or as a gift. You may want to have your local public library order a copy for its listening patrons.
Michael Bolton is a durable singer and shows once again he is full of verve and surprises with this collection. His voice is mellow and his style is swing. For swing, big band and jazz, this CD should have a wide audience. This CD will surprise you with its excellence. Top notch in all ways. Congratulations to Concord Records for bringing it into being!
Very nice! Memorable.