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28-08-2011
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW


A NIGHT LIKE THIS'

Bryan Anthony (Mercator)

Many singers get lost when they explore the Great American Songbook. The works can be so unimaginatively presented, they become studies in boredom. Bryan Anthony avoids that well in "A Night Like This," an album filled with well-known songs such as "Stardust," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "How Deep is the Ocean" and "April in Paris." He does them all with sincerity and a pleasant baritone. That produces good results on "They Can't Take That Away From Me" with a speed that gives the George and Ira Gershwin song a darker sound than usual. His version of "April in Paris" starts the same way before moving to a slightly brighter tempo. Not only is his presentation good, but his voice is strong and mellow, giving the songs great life. The album also gets good work from pianist Gary Norian, who has mastered the art of accompanying a singer. Norian wrote the title track and another song.

Bob Karlovits

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_753421.html


 

 
 
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