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David Pascucci - Imitation of Life 3/3
O's Notes: "David is back with his second release singing 18 new self-produced songs. There are several arrangements by Tim Gill and The Tim Gill Orchestra provides support for much of the music. Elsewhere a string quartet is prominent. They play a wide range of styles from Big Band to Caberet. David sings with lots of passion in both English and French. Among the best is "Chére Amie"."
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Pascucci is especially good at interpreting songs by Charles Aznavour — none better than an astoundingly gorgeous rendering of “She” (English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer), backed by the supple harp of Paul Baker. Pascucci was also spectacular on other Aznavour songs — exploring the propulsive rhythms of “The Sound of Your Name” (English lyrics by Kretzmer); plumbing the depths of elation and despair in “What Makes a Man a Man?”; or swinging the tempo in the more upbeat “For Me, Formidable” (lyrics by Jacques Plante).
Sticking to French, Pascucci was masterful on Jacques Brel’s up-tempo “Madeleine,” followed by a softer, gentler “Chere Amie” (Marc Lavoine/Fabrice Aboulker) that left some audience members sighing. He performed a lovely “Cinema Paradiso” (Ennio and Andrea Morricone/Alessio De Sinsi) in Italian as a tribute to his mother, again accompanied by harpist Baker.
Pascucci exhibited deep introspection in a resonant “Imitation of Life” (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster) — abetted by lovely support on viola of Jay Terrien, heartfelt poignancy on the mesmerizing “Jesse” (Janis Ian), and utter delight in a medley from Kismet that combined a joyous “He’s in Love” with an utterly gorgeous “And This Is My Beloved” (Alexander Borodin/George Forrest/Robert Wright).
He also performed a pair of songs from Inside Daisy Clover — opening with an assured “The Circus Is a Wacky World (André and Dory Previn) and also the haunting “Daisy,” heard only as an instrumental in the movie but with lyrics written by Dory Previn and sent to Pascucci at his request.
Guest artist Helene McCardle demonstrated amazing vocal depth on a tantalizing powerful version of Brel’s “Merieke” in French and Flemish.
Bryn Miller on piano served as musical director for the evening, abetted by the steady drumbeat of Kevin Widener, along with Terrien and Baker on selected numbers.
David will be appearing at the Metropolitan Room in New Yorkon June 8.