* * * 1/2 Dominic Chianese, "Hits," Madacy Label Group. The actor has the role of a lifetime as veteran capo Corrado "Junior" Soprano on "The Sopranos." But unlike his character, the Sinatra-influenced New Yorker gives his sensitive side full rein on this debut collection (in stores Tuesday) of romantic classics, Italian standards and three originals. Chianese may not measure up to Ol' Blue Eyes, but he is a credible singer. Warm and confident in settings ranging from jazzy to folky, he occasionally goes overboard, but is more often amiably low-key.
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FOR THE RECORD Los Angeles Times Wednesday June 6, 2001 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 1 inches; 24 words Type of Material: Correction Album rating--A review of Dominic Chianese's album in the June 3 Sunday Calendar section was printed with the incorrect star rating. The reviewer gave the album 2 1/2 stars. For the Record Los Angeles Times Sunday June 10, 2001 Home Edition Calendar Page 2 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 49 words Type of Material: Correction Pop news--The timing of the death of former Lucinda Williams drummer Donald Lindley was misstated in a story on her in the June 3 Sunday Calendar. He died after Williams' 1998 breakthrough album, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," was released. Also, a review of Dominic Chianese's album was printed with the wrong star rating. The reviewer gave it 2 1/2 stars.