I Just Want To Hear the Words

I Just Want To Hear the Words

by Danny Aiello
     
 

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Given the track record of actors-turned-singers, it's easy to be suspicious that Danny Aiello's 2004 album I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is nothing but a vanity project, which he himself admits in the liner notes. But in those very liner notes he argues against that idea, claiming that he's been singing for years, long before he became an actor, and he just

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Given the track record of actors-turned-singers, it's easy to be suspicious that Danny Aiello's 2004 album I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is nothing but a vanity project, which he himself admits in the liner notes. But in those very liner notes he argues against that idea, claiming that he's been singing for years, long before he became an actor, and he just never had the "guts" to make a go of it professionally until now. Instead, he sang at family parties and weddings, or afterhours at the nightclub where he worked as a bouncer, which gives a pretty good indication of what I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is. It's a mellow, likeable, and not particularly remarkable set of standards sung in the style of Sinatra, and it gets by on personality as much as skill. Which isn't to say that Aiello doesn't have skill, since he does, but his choice of material, his arrangements, and his phrasing are so safe, so familiar that the only thing that distinguishes the album is Aiello's personality, how he inhabits the songs. And that's where it gets tricky, because if you listened to the album without knowing it was Aiello the actor, you'd likely think that it's the work of an ingratiating wedding singer. When you know it's Aiello the actor, you tend to view it a little more kindly, impressed that it's not embarrassing like some other records by actors, yet mostly cutting it slack because you already like the guy. Even so, I Just Wanted to Hear the Words is unlikely to gather too many repeat plays since it's so similar to other albums by better singers -- namely, Sinatra -- that there's little reason to put it on at home. But it does suggest that it would be fun to see Aiello sing in a club sometime.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Trauma
UPC:
0825228000522
catalogNumber:
6001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Aiello   Primary Artist,Vocals
Keith Ingham   Piano
Michael Hashim   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Tad Shull   Tenor Saxophone
James Chirillo   Guitar
Rob Hyman   Hammond Organ
Mark Phaneuf   Flute
Walt Szymanski   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Brad Shigeta   Trombone
Ralph Farris   Viola
Lee Hudson   Upright Bass
Dave Weiss   Bass Flute
Andrea Cellasio Kehoe   Background Vocals
Mairi Darman   Cello

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Michael Hashim   Horn Arrangements
Harold Arlen   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Tim Quimette   String Arrangements
Joe Young   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Billy Mayhew   Composer
Harry Carroll   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Sol Weinstein   Composer
Jif Hinger   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Annalee Valencia-Bruch   Art Direction
Ari Raskin   Engineer
Chris Coady   Engineer
Jamie Seigel   Engineer

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