“Duets With My American Idols” by Oleg Frish
Oleg Frish is a multitalented artist and performer with a successful career as a singer, entertainer, actor and a journalist. Ever since he was a small child in Russia, he was fascinated with music, especially the few American hits that managed to make their way through the Iron Curtain. Now he has collected some of the best big band and jazz hits, creating the amazing album “Duets With My American Idols”. However, his collaboration with some of the scene’s great artists is what makes his work really special, as it captures the spirit of a whole era in about 45 minutes.
After the introduction to the album (by Connie Francis), we get to hear the fun, big band piece “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You”. Oleg’s honey-like smooth voice, as well as his almost inaudible, yet sweet, Russian accent, make this song very easy to listen to. With “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” Frish fulfills his dream of playing with the American rhythm and blues singer Gary U.S. Bonds (mostly known for his hits “New Orleans” and “Quarter to Three”). Next on our playlist is “The Way You Look Tonight”. This romantic, beautiful duet with Peggy March (best known for “I Will Follow Him”, “Romeo and Julia”) is undeniably one of the gems on “Duets With My American Idols”. If you’re in love and want to express it, play “The Way You Look Tonight” to that special someone and surely they’ll be yours, as no one can remain indifferent to this gorgeous ballad.
The next song we get to hear is “Day By Day” with the late Ben E. King (known for hits like “Stand By Me” and “Save the Last Dance For Me”). This fun, lively piece with all of its trumpet and vocal solos one major flaw – it’s only 2 and a half minutes long. Oleg’s next great performance is Jo Stafford’s “The Things We Did Last Summer”. This song will calm you down and get you thinking about sweet memories with a loved one. “Sunny”, feat B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”) sounds simply amazing in Oleg’s version with rock and Latin elements. The smooth instrumental “What a Difference a Day Makes” (made famous by Dinah Washington) is another of the gems of the album. “Hello Dolly” is next, a duet with Lainie Kazan, as once again Oleg’s unique vocals bring a lot to this classic. Next, we get to hear the interpretation of Anita Bryant’s “Till There Was You”, which, of course, sounds great, as by now Oleg has proven his talent.
The playlist continues with the jazz standard “Sunny Side Of The Street”, a beautiful duet with the great Tony Orlando. “A Fine Romance” is another accent in “Duets With My American Idols”, as this collaboration with Melissa Manchester turned out incredibly well. Next we hear Oleg’s interpretation of Rodgers’ and Hart’s “Dancing On The Ceiling”, followed by a duet with Lou Christie in “When You’re Smiling” – a cover of the great Louis Armstrong. “Bagel and Lox” is the next piece on the album – a neat, fun and appetizing song. The end of the album comes with the popular “Volare”. Oleg does a very successful duet with Bobby Rydell in this piece, making it one of the accents of “Duets With My American Idols”.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of jazz, swing and big band music, Oleg Frish’s “Duets With My American Idols” is an absolute must!