David Finck, Linda’s bassist and great friend, recently released his latest CD, Low Standards, on the Soundbrush label. The EDER-tors of THE VOICE decided it was the right time to sit down with him for another interview to learn more about this CD and his incredible career.

VOICE: You have a long history with THE VOICE. We did our first article about you in 2003 followed by an interview in 2013. Since our last interview, Linda has released three CDs, each one very different from the others. Do you have a favorite from among CHRISTMAS WHERE YOU ARE, LindaLIVE and RETRO?

DAVID: I like the LindaLIVE CD. It was done in a beautiful theater in Saratoga, New York. I thought that Linda did a great job. As did Joel Moss.

VOICE: In 2003 and again in2013, we asked you to name your favorite “Linda song.” In 2003, you said two of your favorites were “Children Will Listen,” which really moves you, and “We’re All Alone.” In 2013, you said that you particularly like “It’s All for You” and “Theme from Valley of the Dolls.” Do you have a new favorite song/songs now that Linda has recorded more to choose from or are the previous ones still your favorites?

DAVID: I still really like ‘It’s All For You’ though we have not done it for a while. I also loved the way she sang ‘Two for the Road’. It is a beautiful song written by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse. I hope she puts it back into her concert some time.

VOICE: LindaLIVE was Linda’s first and only “live” recording to this point. How much fun was it playing for this gig?

DAVID: It is always fun. Linda really plays off of the audience so I think she used it to inspire her while recording.

VOICE: Have you played on other “live” recordings in addition to LindaLIVE?

DAVID: Yes. A few live CDs over the years and certainly some live radio and TV spots. It can be challenging.

VOICE: Were you amazed at how skillfully Linda was able to “get it right” on the first take of these incredibly difficult songs?

DAVID: Honestly, I am used to Linda ‘getting it right.’ She has such control and such a beautiful sound that things just sound good automatically.

VOICE: You’ve been working with Linda the longest of any of her band members, over 25 years. How does that longevity contribute to your working relationship?

DAVID: Over the years I have learned her moves, her ways of communicating with the band. I can tell when a tempo is not sitting in the right spot for her. I can usually tell when she may want a bit more drama in a phrase and want to slow it down and stretch it a bit. (Billy Stein, Linda’s musical director, has gotten great at this stuff.) The other part is that I really like Linda. And it is quite rare to have a friend for that long.

VOICE: Linda has such a huge following all over the world! Why do you think it is so?

DAVID: There are many reasons. The main thing is that when listeners ‘discover’ her, they talk about it. I know many folks who heard her and then told their friends: ‘You have got to hear this woman sing.’ And the next time we perform, there are new folks in the audience. Also, the internet makes it possible for people in other parts of the world to hear her without traveling a great distance.

VOICE: What do you appreciate most about Linda in her role as your “boss?”

DAVID: Linda is very even tempered and has a great sense of humor. She laughs at our mistakes and at her own. It makes for a great working relationship. And things stay relaxed.

VOICE: We were so excited to hear that you finally released your new CD, Low Standards. How did you come up with the title?

DAVID: I wanted a humorous title that had a double meaning. I play the bass so things are in the low register. The material is also mostly standards.

VOICE: Which songs did you write for this project?

DAVID: I wrote the title cut: ‘Low Standards’ and a ballad: ‘The Way He Captured Me.’

VOICE: Please talk about your inspiration for these songs.

DAVID: ’Low Standards’ was written specifically to go with the CD. It is full of musical references. ‘The Way He Captured Me’ was written during the time when I was playing Jekyll & Hyde. It is about someone seeing her ex falling for someone in the same way that she did. I guess it is a bit theatrical. I’m proud of this one. And I did not use the word ‘I’ at all in the lyric.

VOICE: Do you have a favorite song (or more than one) from this CD? Why is it your favorite?

DAVID: I do really like “A Time for Love’. It was written by Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster. They also wrote ‘The Shadow of Your Smile.’ I often play it with the bow and was very happy to have Alexis Cole sing it on this project.

VOICE: How is this CD different from your 2009 recording, Future Day?

DAVID: Future Day is entirely instrumental. On this one, I have some vocals and I feel that I am featured a bit more beyond just leading the band.

VOICE: You can be heard performing the vocals on the song, “Low Standards.” You have a wonderful voice! Did anybody encourage you to share your vocal talent, or did you just decide it was time and the song was so important to you that it called for you to be the person to sing it?

DAVID:  Thank you. I don’t really consider myself a singer. But I thought that it would be OK since it is a funny song. It could be sung by someone else: ‘HIS standards are low…….’

VOICE: In addition to several other people, you dedicated this recording to your father, Alfred Finck. Please tell us about your father’s influence on you as relates to your career and your love of music.

DAVID: My father really started me in music. He played guitar and when I started playing the bass at around age 9 or 10, he encouraged me to play all kinds of music. Classical, Jazz, Brazilian, even folk music. He wrote out the notes for the blues as soon as I was able to play them.

VOICE: How can fans purchase this CD?

DAVID:  CDBaby, iTunes… the usual internet sites. The company, Soundbrush records, has a link on

VOICE: Please tell us about some of the projects/performances that you’ve been involved with since our last interview in 2013?

DAVID: I have produced some CDs for Tom Wopat including a Christmas CD with Tom and John Schneider. I also recently finished producing a CD of Italian songs with a singer named Vanessa Racci. We reworked some songs from the 1960s that were made famous by Connie Francis, Dean Martin, and others. It really is nice and she is getting great reviews.

VOICE: What current projects do you have in the works?

DAVID:  I am writing and arranging some new material for my next project (whatever that will be). I really enjoy songwriting so I intend to focus on that. Linda has some performances coming up. And next year I will make my 5th appearance on the Jazz Cruise.

VOICE: Do you have a bucket list of projects you would like to do or people you would like to collaborate with in the future?

DAVID: I certainly treasure my work with Linda. I would like to write some more songs with the lyricist Jack Murphy. We wrote some really nice ones a few years back. I would love to go back to Brazil to record and perform. I used to do that once or twice a year. And I have always wanted to play with James Taylor. I am a big fan. Additionally, I have always enjoyed writing. I’ve written tons of liner notes and also written for the Village Voice and contributed a chapter to a book about Frank Sinatra.

VOICE: Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?

DAVID: I see myself writing more than playing. It isn’t fun to carry the bass around. And at 78 years old, I can’t imagine myself lugging it very far.

You can read much more about David in the previous interviews he did for THE VOICE:

Winter 2003

Summer 2014


A special thank you to Lori Zapata for the stage photos!