Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance

Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance

by Davi


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For the most part, as far as the moving picture camera is concerned, appearance is destiny, and when the camera first glimpsed 20-year-old Robert Davi in the TV movie Contract on Cherry St. in 1977, it saw an acne-scarred face with beady eyes and a sinister expression; it saw a villain. That young Davi was actually an aspiring opera baritone drafted into the part by the picture's star, Frank Sinatra, didn't matter. Suddenly, he had a movie and TV career, as long as he was willing to play heavies, and he went on to decades of steady work as a face audiences knew, even if they didn't stick around to read his name in the cast list. He never, however, gave up his dream of singing, and in the 2010s, in his mid-fifties, he has realized that dream, not with opera arias, but with a collection drawn from the Sinatra repertoire. He has not stinted on the effort, enlisting Sinatra regulars like producer Phil Ramone and mixer Al Schmitt, and recording in the studio below the Capitol Records building in Hollywood favored by his idol. He also commissioned new arrangements of the old standards by conductor Nic Tenbroek. Those charts, which evoke predecessors by the likes of Nelson Riddle and Billy May, are a key to the recording. They contain echoes of the earlier ones and are in the spirit of the '50s post-swing style, but they are new. Similarly, Davi makes no attempt to copy Sinatra's vocal sound, even if he repeats some of the phrasing down to the asides. Rather, he is his own singer, and his voice is actually closer to those of such second-tier Sinatra wannabes as Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Al Martino, and Steve Lawrence. That's still some rarified company, though. And the singer Davi most resembles is actually Robert Goulet, though his singing is less mannered and suppler than Goulet's. It's a big baritone voice, and that makes him better on the uptempo numbers, which dominate, and a bit less surefooted on the ballads. Still, his affection for the material is obvious, and this album should make a good souvenir for people able to catch his Sinatra tribute concerts in Las Vegas and other cities.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2011
Label: Sun Lion
UPC: 0044003150638
catalogNumber: 001
Rank: 107166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Davi   Primary Artist
Bob Sheppard   Musician
Chuck Berghofer   Musician
Jeff Driskill   Musician
Chuck Findley   Musician
Alan Kaplan   Musician
Peter Kent   Musician
Joe La Barbera   Musician
Nick Lane   Musician
Warren Leuning   Musician
Ed Martel   Musician
Andy Martin   Musician
Tom Peterson   Musician
Mark Robertson   Musician
Craig Stull   Musician
John Wittenberg   Musician
Brian Scanlon   Musician
Jim DeJulio   Musician
Julie Rogers   Musician
Wayne Bergeron   Musician
Larry Hall   Musician
Peggy Baldwin   Musician
Rudy Stein   Musician
Laurence Greenfield   Musician
Kathleen Robertson   Musician
Nic tenBroek   Conductor
Pete DeSiena   Musician
Songa Lee   Musician
Sharon Jackson   Musician
Briana Bandy   Musician
Jessica van Velzen   Musician
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Musician
Chris Tedesco   Musician
Phillip Teele   Musician
Erika Walczak   Musician
Daniel Fornero   Musician
Judy Yoo   Musician
Charlie Bisharar   Musician
Linda Broughton   Musician
Lee Calett   Musician

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Dan Wallin   Engineer
Charles Granata   Liner Notes
Jim Cypherd   Producer
Michael Aavold   Engineer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Lewis Spence   Composer
Hans Bradtke   Composer
Paul Smith   Pro-Tools
Paula Salvatore   Studio Manager
Edmund Goulding   Composer
Nic tenBroek   Arranger,Producer
Aaron Walk   Pro-Tools
Davi   Composer,Liner Notes,Creation
Gary Catona   Vocal Coach
Chris Poehler   Orchestration
Trevor Crafts   Cover Design
Wizards of Oz   Additional Production
Michael Ketchko   Marketing

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