Gary Motley

Echoes of Sinatra

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Echoes of Sinatra Review

by Ken Dryden

This instrumental tribute to Frank Sinatra is one of a series of solo piano CDs by Gary Motley. Most of the ballads seem indelibly associated with the late singer, so one can easily imagine the pianist backing Sinatra and providing exactly what he would want. While Motley captures the essence of gems such as "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (named for a young Nancy Sinatra and written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by comedian Phil Silvers), "You Go to My Head," and "All the Things You Are," his greatest achievements are his interpretations of a pair of overexposed and often poorly performed songs, "Theme From New York, New York" and the often indigestible "My Way." Recommended.

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