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David Levin was a self-taught stride pianist who found himself at 22 in a musical “rut” unable to break out of that style and into one more commercially suitable for hotel lounges. In 1973, he was told about a great swing pianist from Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw Bands named Johnny Guarnieri who was playing nightly at a restaurant in N. Hollywood. After a few months of watching this piano genius five nights a week at that restaurant, Levin became Guarnieri’s fourth protege.
45 years later, having performed for heads of state, Celebrities and at noted New York venues like The Rainbow Room, The Plaza Hotel and Harry Cipriani, Levin finally recorded his first commercial CD just a few days after hand surgery for a trigger thumb that would have performing career. His hand surgeon found that Levin also had CMC joint issues but wasn’t yet a candidate for surgery. She recommended PUSH MetaGrip® thumb braces and these have allowed Levin to continue concertizing and to record this CD including one brutal session where he recorded 45 songs.
Levin has become one of the foremost interpreters and performers of classic movie songs. One of the rare themes, Enchanted Cottage (1945) by movie composer Roy Webb, is featured on this CD as are three other movie songs–Laura, Somewhere In Time and The High And The Mighty.
The mp3 sample below is a portion of “Here’s That Rainy Day” which Levin recorded on January 2, 2018 in Oakland, CA.
Featured songs on this CD:
1. CHEEK TO CHEEK
2. SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
3. LAURA (INST)
4. I’VE GOT TO SING A TORCH SONG
5. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
6. NEVER NEVER LAND
7. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
8. STARS FELL ON ALABAMA
9. HERE’S THAT RAINY DAY
10. ENCHANTED COTTAGE (1945)
12. HOW COULD WE BE WRONG
13. TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY
14. SOMEWHERE IN TIME
15. ISN’T THIS A LOVELY DAY (TO BE CAUGHT IN THE RAIN)
16. THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY
Of note: There are four Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film songs, two Cole Porter songs, two Irving Berlin songs (both from Top Hat) and two Jerome Kern songs.
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