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-- He's appeared in such movies -- die hard showgirls and the goodies.
-- even played a bad -- villain in the James Bond movie license to kill and now Robert Dhabi is making his major recording debut with a tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra.
It came out last week and it's called Dhabi things -- -- -- on the road to romance.
He's been with us all night let's talk about this with him Robert first of all why the love of Sinatra it's not like -- anything -- guys and some songs and.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm at an Italian American.
Parents and grandparents Italian immigrants and and and that Italian household grown up.
There with two figures the -- and -- not coming not necessarily in that protected.
You know so you grow up listening to lose that wonderful voice and also Caruso and and opera and that was my first.
You know I've studied opera influence and they study with.
If the -- and cinema release in this city currently with a -- that's the best in the world -- could tone.
Who teaches from the -- to.
You know you name I don't know.
And I wanted to do this music because the great American songbook to me is the Shakespeare America it's the golden age of American music.
It's when we had black jazz artists and jump blues artists.
Their music you had.
Tons of the great writers like Harold Arlen you -- Cindy -- Carolyn Lee.
Jewish immigrants sons and -- of Jewish immigrants you had Johnny Mercer who was an American American from the revolutionary war.
We created this song book and the -- what is the is I think.
It appeals to every age and every nationality -- if it's filled with hope.
I know my parents when they had a difficult time and their parents it unify the nation.
Because for a few minutes with three minutes before minutes with a during the time of the -- that music everyone was enthralled with.
It's not like you have unique unique -- music of Lady Gaga hear a rap artists there right that's segments of this -- from tend to.
Eighty and across the board.
Well what I want to read a quote and he said you said.
Take a song and icing on the album all the way which won the Oscar in 1958 and juxtapose -- with a song that won the Oscar just a few years ago is hard out there for repent.
And you can see why we have an erosion of values are you saying it's not hard out there -- repent.
Absolutely that's that's not that that's that would I would say OK I'll say it's because of your of the values spot -- yeah okay.
You don't think -- really and I ain't a half ago.
It's now over and they used to be a lot easier bacteria they pay occupied him with all the meetings not to talk to cue from how did you pick the ones you wanted to record.
Well I did something I.
The big -- -- good that the CD where you can go to the -- intimated that comments were at Amazon and and then more than a little bit target that the Christmas it's.
The -- stores but.
On the road to romance -- bit of what the theme was -- the the seduction of love falling in love the depth of love then the falling out of love the despair of falling out of love to and the rebuilding itself right but it wasn't just been with -- romantic involvement within individual was also a love affair with a country.
America's gone through tough times and took it has that kind of -- the other thing was some of the songs had a certain meaning -- Sinatra's life.
For instance I've got the world on a -- -- a song.
That he's saying right after he won the Oscar from from here to eternity and it was a dark period of several years he had that -- absolutely very bleak.
And now this was his first thing with a capital -- -- middle a song like the best is yet to come.
Is the last song he sang in public and it's what is what's on his -- So there is different.
Tribute areas it write it in that so that's a compliment -- the shooting themselves.
I think it -- Don Heckman is they're really influential jazz critic gave up performance of -- an amazing review instead at the and that.
He couldn't help but wish for an opportunity to hear you're obviously extensive vocal skills apply to other material as well are you gonna do that needed branch out from the Sinatra and and make more music.
Well this is the that this is the great American song you're right he didn't like -- he wrote about him and he he may have had a hand in writing three songs of -- -- of you know 5000 more.
I think what he means is what will I do -- -- the obvious you know.
Yeah absolutely -- amended visited the whole.
Transition for me right now is is as a singer.
I'll be at the Venetian February 23 24 and 25.
You're gonna have that and that the -- used to be with the Sands Hotel once and I guarantee it it's gonna it's gonna rock like it didn't in 1967.
When those guys were there.
And you know.
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The CD he laughed when is this big you know I don't know the CD is obviously Sinatra on the road to romance it's out now also check on the website -- sings Sinatra dot com.
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