Michael Feinstein, the ambassador of the American popular song, will release his newest CD, "Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra," May 7. His fourth disc for Concord Records marks the first time the Grammy-nominated crooner has recorded with a symphony orchestra.
In the liner notes for his new recording, Feinstein explains, "I am always looking for a unique way to present the songs that I love in a setting that will showcase them to optimum effect. It's like finding the proper setting for a diamond. If the setting is not appropriate, the diamond will not shine its brightest. Working with the Israel Philharmonic is one of the most exciting projects I have ever undertaken. Their love and acceptance of these popular songs was a wondrous thing to experience."
Jazz pianist Alan Broadbent not only conducts the orchestra but also serves as the arranger of most of the disc's 12 tracks. In a recent statement Feinstein admits, "His arrangements are each quite different and eclectic. 'Stormy Weather' might very well be my favorite on the collection because it's very theatrical and very daring. I love the lushness of 'The Folks Who Live on the Hill,' the string writing really evokes the image of Oscar Hammerstein's lyrics. 'By Myself' has a real swagger to it. It was Alan's personal homage to Nelson Riddle and it is fun to see that the Israel Philharmonic can really swing!"
The recording also features an arrangement of "I Won't Send Roses" by Larry Blank and an orchestration of "Laura" by its 89-year-old composer David Raskin. The complete track listing for "Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra" follows:
"The Folks Who Live on the Hill"
"The Best Is Yet to Come"
"Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry"
"Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year"
"On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)"
"Love Is Here to Stay"
"How Deep Is the Ocean?"
"I Won't Send Roses" —By Andrew Gans