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Marcus GoldhaberMarcus Goldhaber
Live in Kavehaz, NY
February 27, 2006
by Matthew Robinson

Sneaking up on “I Remember You” by way of a little-used verse, actor/voice-over talent Marcus Goldhaber revealed the third part of his talented triple threat by way of a set of smooth and rich standards. Backed by a well-spaced and jam-ready quartet, Goldhaber swung and swept from the fleet Flamenco fills of “It Might As Well Be Spring” to a Baker-esque hush through “That Old Feeling” to a high and bright “Sunny Sight of the Street” to an accelerated “I’m Beginning to See the Light.”

In between his musical offerings, Goldhaber convened with his bandmates and offered informative intermezzos with an air of Swing era casual cool. From a Ragtime draft of “Sit Write Down and Write Myself a Letter” to a laughing twist of “Mean to Me,” Goldhaber offered old songs in new ways, reviving “Do You Know What It Means (To Miss New Orleans)” with a heartfelt pledge to support his fellow musicians in that recovering city.

Closing on an up note with a Darrin-esque and suddenly shifting swing through “Lulu’s Back in Town,” Goldhaber put the (night) cap on a memorable set from a hot new (York) talent. ©2006 M. S. Robinson, ARR

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