Monterey County Post
âAnd All That Jazzâ by Johnny Adams, Music Critic.
Not since David Allen, Frank Sinatra or Buddy Greco have I been so impressed with a vocalist.
This album is an introduction to one of the most natural voices to come along to in some time. This is a vocalist who is natural in his interpretation of some of the greatest songs ever put on paper.
Heesch has depth and range and a basic knowledge of each selection that moves very well. He also has an easy enunciation that permits variety in interpretive phrasing.
Right from the start, Heesch captures the bubbling personality of Gershwinâs They Canât Take That Away From Me, and blends with the serenity of Lowe, Mann, Weissâ Put Your Dreams Away.
In all of the sixteen songs, he does a superior job of interpretation. Heesch is in top form here that depicts a voice rich deep in feeling and communicating a warmth that enhances the excellent song material. Some of my favorites are Come Fly With Me, Somewhere Along the Way, Night and Day, and Softly.
A word of advice do not attempt to listen to the release all at a sitting. You will probably obtain a better insight if you listen to a single song two or three times before going onto the next. The extra effort will be amply repaid.
By the way, if you only purchase one record this year, this one is money well spent. It is available at Port Office Box 1942 Fallbrook, CA 92028, or Barnyard Music, in the Barnyard in Carmel.
Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's
By Don Grigware, Hollywood Critic
Few singers make it big on their vocal ability alone; they need charisma or some gimmick to flesh out their act.
Sinatra was a singer; he didn't need to talk, he just sang. Craig Heesch has that mellow kind of voice, like Sinatra and Mel Torme that soothes you: he is the quintessential recording artist and brings a touch of class to a nightclub.
He just sings, and that's more than OK. Tall, handsome, and elegantly dressed, Heesch makes a terrific role model for the male senior citizen.
Heesch sang a great variety of old standards with his smooth as silk instrument, winning over the Saturday night audience at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's. He did a lot of Sinatra favorites, like "All or Nothing At All", "All of Me", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "One for My Baby".
His piano man Dan Waldis, just wonderful, did a great solo of "Green Dolphin Street", and when Heesch returned to the stage, he had changed from a white dinner jacket to a pin-striped suit and business tie, looking more dapper than a winning Politician. The look perfectly fit his suave and cool delivery of "All of Me, Why Not Take All Of Me."
At the onset it took a few numbers for him to warm up to the room, but he came to vibrant life with a full out sparkling rendition of "Pennies From Heaven". Other highlights included "I Fall in Love Too Easily", "They Can't Take That Away", "As Time Goes By", "The Second Time Around", and "Nice and Easy".
As well as warming up an intimate setting like Sterling's, Heesch's velvety smooth tones have a pleasing sound on his CD "From Out of the Wings" and he is about to launch a second. Best of luck and Thank you for keeping these great old pop songs alive! Congrats to Michael Sterling on the commencement of his 3rd successful year!