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CD Review: Diane Schuur “Running on Faith”

CD Review: Diane Schuur “Running on Faith”

September 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Sometime in the ‘90s, the Grammy Awards telecast decided to have all the nominees in all Jazz Vocal categories line up on the stage and join in a group rendition of “How High the Moon.”  Far stage right, last in line, was Sarah Vaughan; next to her, penultimate in the group, was Diane Schuur.  A […]

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CD Review: Linda Lavin “Love Notes”

CD Review: Linda Lavin “Love Notes”

September 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Linda Lavin’s new CD, Love Notes, is a timeless collection of terrific songs from the Great American Songbook that has the feel and sound of a classic album from the ’50s or ’60s but with a few surprising tracks from the likes of the Eagles and Steely Dan.  Lavin sounds better than ever and the […]

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CD Review: Sue Anne Gershenzon’s “You Must Believe in Spring”

CD Review: Sue Anne Gershenzon’s “You Must Believe in Spring”

September 13, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Rosemary Clooney famously said, “I am not a jazz singer. I am a singer who sings jazz songs.”  On her new album, You Must Believe In Spring, Sue Anne Gershenzon has chosen a program of songs of the highest quality – there’s not a bad song among them.  Unfortunately, in her execution of them, she […]

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On Medleys

On Medleys

September 6, 2020 | By | 3 Comments

Let me open with a rather broadly stated observation: Too many people are doing too many medleys in too many shows. Now I’ll narrow in and expand on this. (Perversely, and yet delightfully, this seemingly oxymoronic sentence is not self-contradictory.) By medley, I refer to any combination of more than one song. Let’s start at […]

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CD Review “Robbie Rozelle’s “Songs From Inside My Locker”

CD Review “Robbie Rozelle’s “Songs From Inside My Locker”

September 7, 2020 | By | 2 Comments

Robbie Rozelle’s new album, Songs From Inside My Locker, captures his more recent show at Feinstein’s/54 Below.  While there are some good ideas and a few good numbers to be heard, the singing rarely rises above that of a decent piano bar performance and can’t sustain the length of the recording.   As with most […]

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CD Review: Tim Di Pasqua’s “Place in This World”

CD Review: Tim Di Pasqua’s “Place in This World”

August 30, 2020 | By | 3 Comments

  Tim Di Pasqua’s new CD, Place In This World, is a collection of 12 originals that show off his way with word and melody.  Filled with a veritable bouquet of styles and genres, the album opens with an infectious uptempo declaration of missing a good friend, Tokyo, in which the story is wonderfully specific […]

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Drag Kings Just Want to Have Fun and Get Their Due

Drag Kings Just Want to Have Fun and Get Their Due

August 30, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

Article #2 of Simi Horwitz’s ongoing series on alt-cabaret. Drag King Mo B. Dick (aka Mo Fischer), best known for his self-defining quip, “Instead of being an angry woman I became a funny man,” reluctantly admits it’s never been a better time for drag kings. Thanks to the shuttering of live venues, drag kings—performing artists […]

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CD Review:  Kirsten Gustafson’s “Wait Until Dark”

CD Review: Kirsten Gustafson’s “Wait Until Dark”

August 24, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Kirsten Gustafson’s bluesy, dark, pop stylings are on attractive display on her new CD, ​Wait Until Dark. ​It seems that in an effort to feature the widest variety of material and styles, she and her team left behind any chance of concept or connection between the songs. On a CD, this is not always […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “It Never Was You” — Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson

Cabaret Setlist: “It Never Was You” — Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson

August 23, 2020 | By | 4 Comments

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #5 in this running series   Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “It Never Was You” might be better known today were it not for Walter Huston. The 54-year-old actor was slated to appear in Knickerbocker Holiday, a 1938 Broadway musical based on Washington Irving’s A History […]

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CD Review: “Kim David Smith — Live at Joe’s Pub”

CD Review: “Kim David Smith — Live at Joe’s Pub”

August 16, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Kim David Smith’s first live CD, Live At Joe’s Pub, contains a memorably entertaining overview of a lot of material that he has been presenting at various hip downtown clubs and cabarets over the last few years, including some songs from his memorable tributes to Marlene Dietrich, Kylie Minogue, and The Weimar Republic.  The recording […]

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