Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was Jazz or Pop or Rock, there was Nightclub Singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr., Ethel Waters and Mel Tormé before him, Fleisher mixes unlikely and masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs. You're as likely to hear Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell and Prince as you are to hear Ellington, Wonder and Fleisher's own tunes (his single "All I Require" is featured in The Man From Elysian Fleids). Possessed of an old-school entertainer's flair for showmanship, a genuine musical pedigree -- his father is legendary concert pianist Leon Fleisher -- and a kick-ass 12-piece band that (as the Washington Post put it) "blew the roof off of [New York's] Joe's Pub", Fleisher mixes the best of the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Norah Jones, and yet comes out someone altogether his own.
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