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Eric Comstcok & Barbara Fasano
 
 

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano: Two for All Roads

By Ward Morehouse III

 

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

Photo by: Jeff Fasano

 



This can be said for Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, cabaret's
royal couple. Their unmistakable voices of precision, warmth and
humor seem to be everywhere these days from New York's Carnegie
Hall to Palm Beach's Colony Hotel. This husband-and-wife singing
duo is also drop-dead gorgeous: their chiseled features hark back to
the great faces of movies and theater. But not as if they were old-time MGM headliners. Every smile, frown, and yes, grimace, is brought
into subjection to their singing.

“Eric Comstock is a busy little wunderkind, keeping a cherished
tradition alive for a new generation," Rex Reed has said.

I caught up with both of them recently at New York's Metropolitan Room when Comstock and guitarist par excellence Randy Napolean released their guitar/voice duet CD "BITTER/SWEET" on Harbinger Records.


Co-produced by Comstock and Katherine Miller,"Bitter/Sweet" is a
singular intimate voice/guitar CD. It features songs by Rodgers & Hart,
Jobim (with a lyric by the late Susannah McCorkle), Lane and Lerner,
Billy Strayhorn, Henry Mancini, Billy May, Paul Weston and others --
all arranged by Comstock and Napoleon. There are standards such as "I Have Dreamed," "This Can't Be Love," "Gone With the Wind," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

The album also includes "Two for the Road," on which Comstock is joined by Fasano. Comstock’s other CDs include “No One Knows”, “Young Man of Manhattan” and “All Hart." Wall Street Journal jazz critic Will Friedwald includes him in his new book "The Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers" (Pantheon, 2010). Napoleon's arrangements are featured on Freddy Cole's Grammy-nominated salute to Billy Eckstine, "Freddy Cole
Sings Mr. B."

A star of the Off-Broadway hit OUR SINATRA, Comstock first worked with Napoleon at a concert for Lincoln Center's American Songbook in 2003. "This is one of my favorite musical combinations," Napolean says. "Whoever first carved a guitar out of a block of wood must have had a singer in mind -- guitar and voice are that natural together. Eric is also a first-rate pianist and accompanist, so I was particularly
honored when he asked me to record with guitar and voice alone."


"We live in a noisy world, and Randy and I are trying to show that
whatever is worth saying musically can be said softly and slowly,"
Comstock adds. "This album is an antidote to stress, and Randy and I
are extremely proud of it."

Winners of the 2010 Nightlife Award as OUTSTANDING CABARET DUO,
Comstock and Fasano did their first extended joint enegagement in
sold-out two-week run at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room in January.
Their show, "HELLUVA TOWN: A New York Soundtrack", won ecstatic
reviews. Their idiosyncratic mix of songs celebrated the love/hate
affair many have with New York City including songs by Rodgers & Hart, Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh, Paul Simon and Billy Strayhorn.

On April 29-30 Comstock and Fasano begin an engagement in the Royal Room Super Club at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach and are back again May 6-7. The Palm Beach Post has hailed The Colony as "probably the best place for cabaret on the planet." Comstock and Fasano received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Best Vocal Duo, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Fasano's award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, has won plaudits from such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill. Besides the Metropolitan Room, their New York engagements have included Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Feinstein's, The Carlyle and Birdland. They have also appeared at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton,
Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Prince Music Theatre in
Philadelphia.
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For more about Eric Comstock go to http://www.ericcomstock.net/, Randy Napoleon info is att http://www.randynapoleon.com and for Barbara Fasano visit http://www.humanchild.com


 
 
 
2011 MAC AWARD NOMINEES FOR MAJOR ARTIST


Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

RETURNING FOR THEIR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
 TO THE ROYAL ROOM

WITH THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW SHOW



    
HELLUVA TOWN:   A New York Soundtrack 


The Colony Hotel


FRIDAY, APRIL 29 & SATURDAY, APRIL 30
FRIDAY, MAY 6 & SATURDAY, MAY 7
dinner @ 6:30pm, show @ 8pm

THE ROYAL ROOM @ THE COLONY PALM BEACH

155 HAMMON AVENUE
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
RESERVATIONS ~ 561.659.8100
 
"EXHILARATING ... INGENIOUS MUSICAL WIT ...
THE SOPHISTICATED CABARET CHILDREN OF BOBBY SHORT & LENA HORNE"
-- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
 
"THEY ARE SPECIAL ... SWINGING, ARTISTIC &
SUPERBLY ENTERTAINING"
-- Ira Gitler, Jazz Inside


www.humanchild.com
www.ericcomstock.net
and on FB and youtube


 

 

Joyce Brooks

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