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Turned On To Radio Show

19 FEB 09 ANNE FARNSWORTH

Tony DeSare trips through broadcast's golden age with Radio Show, his latest release on the Telarc label. Using vintage recordings and special effects to mimic the sound of mid-century microphones, announcers speak in clipped tones as they introduce and segue DeSare's musical selections.

The 13 cuts cover the second half of the 20th century, from beloved WWII-era standards through the '50s, '60s and DeSare's own childhood '80s. Actor/comedian Joe Piscopo delivers several cleverly diverse personae as DJs from the various decades. Concord artist Jane Monheit joins DeSare for a duet and legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli lends his signature style to several tracks.

Monheit and DeSare sing in both English and Portuguese, changing New Order's alt-staple "Bizarre Love Triangle" into a zippy, modern Bossa Nova. Bob Dylan's jewel, "The Times They Are A-Changin'," shines in a new setting as a mournful ballad accompanied only by DeSare's piano playing. Power balladeer Phil Collins' "Easy Lover" gets a makeover with the kind of cool, swinging treatment DeSare used so successfully with Prince material on Last First Kiss.

Also included are five DeSare originals that once again show his deep commitment to the American Songbook. His "A Little Bit Closer" has the jaunty wordplay and rhythm of a Sinatra classic. The more contemporary "A Stranger's Eyes" invokes the soulful poetry of '70s songwriters James Taylor and Jackson Brown.

DeSare taps into an interesting and growing demographic of music fans ranging from 20-somethings to late boomers who love it all. From Sinatra to Dylan, from the last century into the present, good music has no boundary. It's just good.

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