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30/12/2013 |
Dear Mr. Sinatra
Old Blue Eyes is back!
The Teatro Monumental in Mataró had the privilege of hosting Big Band Jazz Maresme who played the perfect accompaniment to singer Xavier Piqué last night. It was wonderful to hear each member of the band playing solos throughout the evening. They really should be proud of what they do as we were left wanting more at the end of the concert. The crooner silkily serenaded us through his repertoire of Frank Sinatra numbers with aplomb and the audience cheered him on as they were flown to the moon, via New York, of course. He certainly did it his way! Russ Pearce
08/12/2008 | Diari electrònic del Garraf
Sinatra at Palau
Catalan Crooners
(...) Finally, and those interested in the musical heritage of Frank Sinatra at home, we want to emphasize the singer Xavier Piqué (nothing to do with the former from Vilanova) has just released a great album called Concert Sinatra at Palau. It’s the second time that Piqué faces to the songbook of “the voice”, since in 1999 he published a highly recommended Concert Sinatra at L’Auditori. Now, in this new album live recorded at the Palau de la Música, Piqué is accompanied by an enlarged big band with a generous string section to play songs such as Strangers in the night and Let me try again.

If Piqué had been born in the United States would be a recognized and admired crooner. His voice is warm, the technique is precise and the versions he plays of Sinatra’s songs are touching. It’s the second time that Piqué faces with Sinatra, and now he does it with more power and nerve than ever.

25/10/2007 | Diario Norte (Argentina)
Sinatra at Palau
The legacy of Frank Sinatra is alive.
In the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana, on Saturday 6th, it was like entering through the front door to the wonderful melodic universe of the most influential figures of twentieth century popular music.

Singer Xavier Piqué, together with Selva Big Band and Orquestra de Cambra de l'Empordà, conducted by maestro Carles Coll, gave a concert tribute to Frank Sinatra with original arrangements and a great performance. They offered to the recital a touch of distinction. With no doubt it can be described as magical, unique, and unrepeatable.

The review of Sinatra’s legacy has often been biased by the confronted opinions of those who consider that his singer stage of standard swing and jazz vocal was better during the 50's, and those who defend that his production during the sixties and seventies was more focused on songs composed to the extent of his extraordinary vocal skills.

With an excellent and balanced selection of themes, Xavier Piqué satisfied "both sides" as he collected the best of the first stage of 'The Voice', when he put his vocal chords to the service of the scores of Irving Berlin or Cole Porter, among other great composers, and his later career, during which he gave several of the most memorable titles as Strangers in the night, The lady is a tramp, Mack the knife, My way or New York, New York , among others.

At the end of the evening, NORTE could talk to Xavier Piqué, who stated: "This concert was very important to me. To sing the songs of my teacher, Frank Sinatra, accompanied by the excellent formation of 35 musicians and at the Palau de la Música Catalana, it’s like to express in one night, the dream of my life. I wish I have pleased everyone."

10/06/1999 | El Periódico
Sinatra at l'Auditori
The most "crooner" Sinatra
In this case Xavier Piqué resigns from cloning Sinatra to refer, with great sobriety, to his expressive intentions.

Piqué does not fall into popular temptations - no sentimental monologues with a bourbon in hand - and he focuses in an exceptional repertoire...
Xavier Piqué