IN TUNE International Magazine Review – June 2017

 

SINGER’S SINGERS

by Dan Singer

Dan Singer from New York City turns the spotlight on some overlooked Singers of the past and some bright newcomers, all of which are Singer’s Singers

 

MARSHA BARTENETTI: IT’S TIME

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Marsha Bartenetti is thoroughly enchanting on her 2014

program of ten songs. Starting with “Good Morning Heartache”

(Drake/Higginbotham) with a seven piece string section plus an

additional cello and viola. She’s truly a fine singer to marvel at.

In a bittersweet rendition “Someone To Watch Over Me”

(Gershwins) features the delightful verse. I really appreciated

hearing the addition of Ove Hanson’s shining English horn solo.

Marsha continues with a thoughtful and outstanding vocal on

“When I Fall In Love” (Heyman/Young). Ms. Bartenetti with her

dramatic reading of “Over The Rainbow” (Arlen/Harburg) was

a delight. Eugene Ben, her pianist, and Jerry Cortez, electric

guitar, are marvelously showcased throughout. “As Time Goes

By” (Hupfield) has a sensational seven piece violin string

section along with 3 additional cellos backing her up superbly.

The combination is a bright and shining example of just what

wonderful special care can do for this all too familiar song. On

it Marsha sounds most appealing and fresh. “Baby It’s Cold

Outside” (Loesser) is presented as an unusual slow duet with

Teddy Jo Politzer and featuring Marsha’s fine trio.

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Marsha Bartenetti…feels like LOVE

Feinstein’s at the Nikko, San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2017

Reviewed by Steve Murray for Cabaret Scenes

Marsha Bartenetti

“I’m sorry, that’s not a valid password. Please try your call again later.” That voice you hear just may be Marsha Bartenetti, who segued from a successful singing career (she won the 1980 Best Vocalist in the American Songwriters Association’s International) to the lucrative voiceover market. She was deemed by the press as “The Voice America Loves to Hate” and “The Voice Mail Queen.” She’s solidly back on track with the release of her latest CD …feels like LOVE, which she featured during her Feinstein’s debut.

Bringing along friend and Musical Director Steve Rawlins, Bartenetti’s repertoire includes well-known chestnuts from the Great American Songbook as well as a few modern composers and lyricists. Her arrangements blend in jazz stylings and a pop sensibility that makes for easy listening with her clean, clear phrasing. Examining all facets of love, her set included the hopeful phase with a slow, longing “You Go to My Head” (J. Fred Coots/Haven Gillespie), the betrayal of Elisse Boyd and Murray Grand’s powerful “Guess  Who I Saw Today,” to Arthur Hamilton’s “Cry Me a River.”

The complement of locals David Rokeach on drums, Mike Bordelon on bass, and Danny Brown sax, added to the richness of the sound. Bartenetti related emotionally on Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and these would be her finest vocal deliveries. “Orange Colored Sky,” written by Milton DeLugg and Willie Stein and recorded by Nat King Cole, shows Bartenetti can swing, as does her rendition of Peggy Lee and Dave Cavanaugh’s (with the pen name William Schluger) “I Love Being Here with You.”

Hitting all the bases from swing to light jazz, Bartenetti shines when she makes strong connections to a song. She saved the best for last, closing with the lovely Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke “But Beautiful,” offering it as a love note to her audience. A classy touch from a real pro.

Marsha Bartenetti: When I Fall in Love…

Tom Rolla’s Gardenia, West Hollywood, CA, April 30, 2016

Reviewed by Elliot Zwiebach for Cabaret Scenes

Marsha-Bartenetti-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Marsha Bartenetti is an evocative singer with a smooth, silky voice and the ability to charm an audience with her easy-going manner and on-point delivery.

In a show about the vicissitudes of love, she was particularly effective on tender ballads, offering a gentle, thoughtful “You Go to My Head” (J. Fred Coots/Haven Gillespie), a sweet, measured, believable “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Mike Reid/Alan Shamblin), and a simple, lovely “As Time Goes By” (Herman Hupfeld).

But she was also totally in control on up-tempos, with an effective, effortless arrangement of “Them There Eyes” (Maceo Pinkard/Doris Tauber/William Tracy) and an enthusiastic “I Love Being Here with You” (Peggy Lee/Dave Cavanaugh) that demonstrated her utter joy in singing.

Bartenetti got tremendous support throughout the evening on piano from Musical Director Steve Rawlins, whose excellent arrangements gave the singer plenty of room to showcase her voice.

In a fast-moving show with succinct, effective patter, Bartenetti moved through the various stages of love, from a coquettish “When I Fall in Love” (Victor Young/Edward Heyman) to a reflective “Ten Cents a Dance” (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart) to a solid, sultry “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) to a warm version of “Orange Colored Sky” (Milton DeLugg/Willie Stein). There was also a definitive version of “I’ve Never Been to Me” (Kenneth Hirsch/Ron Miller), which Bartenetti acknowledged she recorded right before another version by singer Charlene became a number 1 hit.

She closed the show by directing a love letter to the audience in general and her husband specifically — a soft, sultry “But Beautiful” (Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke) that was … beautiful, no buts about it.

An Interview with Marsha Bartenetti – “Christmas In The Spirit”

We’re very excited for you to watch an interview with Marsha Bartenetti where she talks about making her 2015 album “Christmas In The Spirit”.

The video was directed & edited by Jeremy Marrow at 631 Post Creative.

“Christmas In The Spirit” was recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville and at Full Circle Productions in Los Angeles.

The album features Holiday classic songs and a new, original Christmas song written by Kenny Hirsch, Rosie Casey and Steve Ross called “Almost Christmas Eve”, which was mixed/co-produced by Stephan Oberhoff.