Indelibly linked to his Queens childhood pal, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel has pursued a moderately successful career as a solo artist and actor since their iconic partnership fractured nearly four decades ago. But the enduring image of Artie is of his extraordinary high tenor soaring magnificently above his crown of frizzy hair, harmonizing with Simon and helping definitively etch Simon's lyrics. Simon & Garfunkel have performed together sporadically in the interim, including at the reopening of New York's Beacon Theatre in February. And it's prime S&G material that reportedly makes up nearly half the set list on Garfunkel's current solo tour, with his teenaged son, James, occasionally joining him onstage for key harmonies. The rest of the set will likely include scattered hits from his solo career such as "All I Know" and "My Little Town," as well as selections from his latest album, 2007's Some Enchanted Evening, a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook produced by studio vet Richard Perry. Covering the likes of Arlen, Berlin, Mercer, and Gershwin amidst synth strings, the results are pleasant if predictable. A shadowy version of Jobim's "Corcovado" is quite nice, as is a quirky, pop-folk arrangement of the title track.
Fri., April 10, 8 p.m., 2009