That Dave Frishberg deserves to be counted alongside Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins among the greatest songwriters of the past century is beyond question. But while just about every vocalist, from major to minor, has extensively mined the Porter, Rodgers, Berlin and Gershwin songbooks, comparatively few have done serious digging into the Frishberg catalog. Sure, there are plenty of versions of “Peel Me a Grape,” “You Are There” and “Wheelers and Dealers,” all fine songs, and all included here. But Evingson has taken a welcome step further by crafting an entire album of Frishberg tunes while getting her honoree to provide piano accompaniment.
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