Last First Kiss

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Last First Kiss builds nicely upon vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare's superb 2005 debut album, Want You. A charming presence on the microphone with classic silver-screen good looks and a singer/songwriter's soul, DeSare not only updates such classic American popular song standards here as "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You" and "How Deep Is the Ocean?," but also reinterprets such modern-day hits as "Kiss," turning Prince's iconic funk track into a slowed-down organ-driven shuffle. Similarly invigorating, DeSare dims the lights on Carole King's usually upbeat "I Feel the Earth Move" and delivers instead a brooding, Miles Davis-influenced afterglow version. It's just this kind of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Last First Kiss builds nicely upon vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare's superb 2005 debut album, Want You. A charming presence on the microphone with classic silver-screen good looks and a singer/songwriter's soul, DeSare not only updates such classic American popular song standards here as "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You" and "How Deep Is the Ocean?," but also reinterprets such modern-day hits as "Kiss," turning Prince's iconic funk track into a slowed-down organ-driven shuffle. Similarly invigorating, DeSare dims the lights on Carole King's usually upbeat "I Feel the Earth Move" and delivers instead a brooding, Miles Davis-influenced afterglow version. It's just this kind of postmodern niftiness that stops Last First Kiss from being yet another solid yet predictable neo-crooner outing and turns it into a truly surprising listen. Also a pleasant surprise is DeSare's own songwriting, and here he showcases his knack for both classic jazz standard-influenced songcraft, as on the poignant "I'll Never Have Enough of You," as well as more contemporary rock-influenced writing, as evidenced by the sweetly melodic and bittersweet title track. Of course, at his core DeSare is a supremely gifted interpreter of jazz standards, and his softly melodic, straight-ahead take on "There Will Never Be Another You" mainlines heartbreak to your soul. Throw in a stellar backing ensemble, including bassist and co-writer Mike Lee, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and Last First Kiss enters the race as an early contender for one of the best releases of 2007.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408365126
  • Catalog Number: 83651
  • Sales rank: 171,867

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony DeSare Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Bob Malach Tenor Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Glenn Drewes Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Tedd Firth Piano, Hammond Organ
Mike Lee Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Carole King Composer
Don Redman Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Terrell Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich Mastering
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
John DeVries Composer
Ed Meitner Engineer
Tedd Firth Arranger
Tony DeSare Arranger, Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You gotta buy this one!

    The follow up to Tony's last CD is just short of amazing !! "Last First Kiss" his lastest release has something for everyone.. Even if your not a big jazz fan you'll find something in this CD that will get your attention, and even tug at your emotions.. He even takes the bold move of tackling one of Prince's big hits "Kiss" and turning it into what I consider to be a jazz masterpiece... I'm betting Prince himself would buy this CD after he hears Tony's version of his song.. Don't pass this one up, really good stuff is somtimes hard to find these days... Move over Connick and Buble' you better start looking in your rear view mirror, here comes Tony..

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