It's been rumored to be in the works for a while now, but it has finally came to pass: the much-anticipated pairing of Portland's Pink Martini
and one of the world's most popular interpreters of classic American pop music—and perhaps NYC's most celebrated cabaret singer—Michael Feinstein.
How do I know? I was there.
Well, I wasn't at the actual recording of "How Long Will It Last,"
but I did get a chance to hear it in the studio where it was recorded, Southeast Portland's Kung Fu Bakery
, later that evening when Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale invited a few friends to listen to the track with him and Feinstein himself.
And all I can say about the song is....WOW!
Pairing the openly gay piano man (seen above with Lauderdale)with Pink Martini on this song was a stroke of genius.
The song they performed together was an obscure work lifted from Possessed
, a 1931 film starring Joan Crawford
and Clark Gable
(it was considered Gable's biggest flop).
It was also recorded by Frank Sinatra
(Feinstein's new CD has lots of Frank) and Xavier Cugat
but never released, says Lauderdale.
Under the vocal stylings of the breathy Feinstein and Pink Martini chanteuse China Forbes (who has never sounded better), the old-school song takes on a whole new flavor. This wasn't lost on Feinstein when he commented after sharing it with it us that China has the "perfect voice for recording."
He then asked us if we wanted to hear any other songs from the upcoming album.
My one word response: Abso-fucking-lutely!
Feinstein's new album is scheduled to be released this September.
Until then, here is Feinstein singing with another "girl singer," Rosemary Clooney