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Disc reviews: Marcus Goldhaber, ‘A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening’

JAZZ/CABARET

Marcus Goldhaber

Marcus Goldhaber, a Western New York native, appeared in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in spring 2013 in a Harold Arlen show. He’s a straightforward singer, with a light, flexible voice that could remind you of John Pizzarelli. Here he presents 12 songs. He throws in things you don’t hear every day, like “Old Cape Cod,” Andre Previn’s “You’re Gonna Hear From Me” and “No Moon At All,” with words by fellow Western New Yorker Ray Evans. (Funny words. “Don’t make a sound, it’s so dark/Even Fido is afraid to bark.”) It’s also fun to hear “Lulu’s Back in Town,” complete with the verse, and even Goldhaber’s weirdly sleepy approach to “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” is charming in its way. Goldhaber throws in four songs he wrote or co-wrote. The lyrics are original and the tunes are light and clever. Though a couple grow grating, the easygoing “As Long As I Am Falling in Love” is cute. These 12 tracks were recorded at various points over the last eight years. The best are the cabaret tracks set off by the graceful bluesy piano of Jon Davis, who co-wrote three of the originals.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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