Review: Davi Sings Sinatra

Review: Davi Sings Sinatra

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 09 June 2014 14:09 Written by // Cec Busby

He is probably best known for his tough guy roles in films such as Die Hard and License to Kill, but performer Robert Davi’s first love is music and this month he puts that talent to good use in a tribute to one of the world’s best loved singers, Frank Sinatra.

It seems particularly fitting that Davi should take to the stage to deliver his rendition of Ol’ Blue Eyes favourite tracks, afterall he’s had a passion for the man and his music for decades. So much so he recorded an album, Davi Sings Sinatra in 2011 that has to be one of the best Sinatra tributes ever released.

Tonight he’s in Adelaide to present this album at what has to be one of the most anticipated performances at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Forget the imitators – Davi’s not into that – instead he presents the man and his music via carefully selected anecdotes, and titular songs. His rich baritone never falters and Davi has just the right amount of swagger and warmth to pull off the essence of Sinatra’s songs without mimicking the master.

The audience is treated to a trip through the Great American Songbook, urged on by Davi’s easy banter and his mastery of the likes of Sondheim and Porter.  Put simply, Davi kills it.

Combining his acting talents with a keen ear for Sinatra’s phrasing, Davi renders up each song afresh, laying his own stamp on the tracks while still allowing the essence of Sinatra to shine through. The signature Sinatra tracks are handled with aplomb but what really struck home for me were the quieter moments. When Davi tackled ‘Moonlight in Vermont’, you could hear a pin drop and his interpretation of Sondheim’s 'Send in the Clowns' was one of the most moving performances from a singer I have ever seen.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

Comments (1)

  • Sean

    26 October 2015 at 04:53 |
    Niagara Falls, Canada Thursday October 22, 2015
    What to say? What to say? By far the best show of about 1000 shows I have ever seen. Robert Davi's on stage preformance is smooth, true, and everything he says during his interviews. If you have never seen him LIVE you are missing on hell of a show. Davi Sings Sinatra and The Road To Romance Tour is everthing you'd expect from one of the greatest bad guy actors on the silver screen. However, not so much the bad guy as a singer in fact very heart felt with his sincerety, voice, and presence to the audience which brings you back to an era where you feel as though Frank Sinatra is right there before your very eye's. If you haven't seen the incomparable Robert Davi - Davi Sings Sinatra please go out and WOW your partner as he takes you both down The Road To Romance TEN STARS out of TEN ..... Thank you Mr. Davi .... To quote the great Quincy Jones
    "As FS would say, 'Koo, Koo.' Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra's sound – and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise.

    He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of 'Ol Blue Eyes himself."


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