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Monday, August 24, 2015

Audio Beaverhausen: Frank Sinatra Remembered by Julie Budd

Hot off the success of her album, They Wrote the Songs, comes Julie Budd's Remembering... Mr. Sinatra. She covers 11 songs in all therein (two being part of a three-song medley) that are associated with the legendary crooner.

Ms Budd shares a personal connection to Sinatra, actually. At age 16, she was invited by him to appear in his act at Caesar's Palace in Vegas. Perhaps that's why her interpretations of these standards sound so warm and embracing.

Her perfectly modulated voice can be restrained or strong depending upon the dramatic requirements of the material. The production is by long-time associate Herb Bernstein with Ms Budd.

The cd launches with "I've Got the World on a String" followed by "All the Way." Julie covers both beautifully with her usual flare.

With a voice as clear as crystal, Julie Budd again proves herself to be one of the best vocal interpreters of the Great American Songbook. On this latest effort, I especially enjoyed "In the Wee Small Hours" and Duke Ellington's classic "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." "How About You?" makes for a wonderful finish to an essentially flawless album.

Sinatra, born in Hoboken (where I lived for a year in the '80s), is a fellow Jersey boy. This year is his centennial celebration globally.

Remembering... Frank Sinatra is available for pre-order at Amazon.com as the official release date is September 1st. Cabaret Scenes magazine has a cover article coming out this week, Julie will be promoting the album September 28th in NYC at Barnes & Noble on 86th and Lex., and appearing at NYC's Metropolitan Room on Sept. 10th at 7 pm. The show will sell out, so call for reservations now at 212-206-0440.

Again, a special thanks to Richard Skipper, Julie's press manager. http://www.richardskipper.com

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