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Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Feinstein & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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As it says on the back cover, Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is the first recording he's made with a symphonic orchestra. For this special occasion, Feinstein and Alan Broadbent — the conductor and arranger for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — decided to stick to celebrated songs from the great American popular songbook, ranging from "Stormy Weather" and "Laura" to "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)." Much of this comes across as a slyly romantic, lightly swinging big band session — less Sinatra and Strings, more a tempered Ring a Ding Ding. That's hardly a bad thing, since it plays up Feinstein's classy, understated delivery and the skillful arrangements of Broadbent. A side-effect is that the album isn't as revelatory as it appears it could be — it does not uncover a new side of Feinstein, even if it's his first time with a full orchestra — but that hardly matters when the music is as assured and satisfying as this.

Biography

Born: 1956 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/pianist Michael Feinstein was both a prime motivator and a beneficiary of a renewed interest in pre-rock popular music that started in the 1980s, a trend that also found Linda Ronstadt selling millions of copies of albums of traditional pop made with conductor Nelson Riddle and that fueled the success of Harry Connick Jr. In Feinstein's case, it allowed him to establish a career as a nightclub entertainer and then move up to theaters while releasing...
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