Christopher Martin

New Vintage

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Vocalist and pianist Christopher Martin sings a respectable program on his solo debut New Vintage, a blend of 13 Broadway, jazz, and cabaret standards interpreted in his own unique way. This solo effort features the timeless classic "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," Harold Arlen's "Out of This World," and the Fats Waller tune "I Get a Feeling I'm Falling," complete with great ragtime and stride piano riffs. Cole Porter's "I Love Paris," "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," and "I Love You" are sung with such theatrical flair that Martin's listeners are sure to be reminded of the audience fervor the songs elicited during their premieres and subsequent runs on Broadway. He handles the brilliance of the lyrics and sophistication of the music with a special resonance, honed over the years by his involvement in 150 theatrical productions and by his singing and playing the literally thousands of songs in his repertoire. Christopher Martin has an excellent voice for show tunes and the dramatic flair necessary to showcase their essence.

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