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Melissa Errico: An Even Grander Affair @ Feinstein's

Nov 6, 2019

Melissa Errico: An Even Grander Affair
Feinstein’s / 54 Below
254 West 54th St
Thursday November 7 through Saturday November 8

Now that we’re almost at 2020, one can safely say that Melissa Errico’s 2011 Legrand Affair is easily one of the most essential albums of the last decade - just one classic song, brilliantly delivered, after another. This week, a slightly older, significantly wiser Miss Errico is revisiting that program - not with the full orchestra that’s heard on the album, but with the formidable Tedd Firth, which is quite enough, thank you very much. Unlike an evening devoted to a musical theater giant - Ms. Errico’s all-Sondheim show, for instance - an entire program devoted to the late giant Michael Legrand is a potentially risky proposition. Not that his songs are any less great, especially and particularly those with his most celebrated lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. But rather, unlike say the songs of Richard Rodgers, Noel Coward, or Irving Berlin, there are no comedy songs, no patter songs, no character songs - every single song is like a movie main title theme (which most of them were), they’re all epic ballads of eternal love with little variety between them - not for nothing was he named “Le Grand.” Thus, it’s not the diversity but the quality of the songs and the singing that’s bound to make it work. There’s not much variety in seeing a ballgame that’s nothing but home runs, but it’s a game you don’t want to miss, just the same.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)