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Soul Shadows
     

Soul Shadows

by Denise Donatelli
 
A late bloomer due to her focusing on parenthood and an earlier career with CNN, vocalist Denise Donatelli has continued to develop with a depth of feeling and a broad musical palette open to exploring many styles of jazz. Her fourth CD (and third for Savant) finds her again with pianist/music director Geoff Keezer and guitarist Peter Sprague, with a supporting cast

Overview

A late bloomer due to her focusing on parenthood and an earlier career with CNN, vocalist Denise Donatelli has continued to develop with a depth of feeling and a broad musical palette open to exploring many styles of jazz. Her fourth CD (and third for Savant) finds her again with pianist/music director Geoff Keezer and guitarist Peter Sprague, with a supporting cast that varies from track to track. Donatelli puts a new twist on the standard "All or Nothing at All," buoyed by Keezer's catchy, Afro-Peruvian arrangement, and potent solos by Keezer and acoustic guitarist Ramon Stagnaro. The other standard, "Too Late Now," is a lush duet by Donatelli with Keezer as her sole accompanist, where the vocalist's adept phrasing and use of space conveys its lyric perfectly. Two songs were penned by jazz veterans. The scoring of Wayne Shorter's "A Promise (Someplace Called Where)" (with a lyric by Dianne Reeves) utilizes strings and soprano saxophonist Tim Garland to provide an intricate backing for the singer. Donald Brown's "Ange" is a demanding, Brazilian-flavored work which Donatelli performs flawlessly as if it had long been part of her repertoire. From there, Donatelli expands her scope to contemporary jazz, pop, and works by singer/songwriters. She shows her playful side in the light-hearted "Another Day," scatting along with Sprague's guitar, followed by Keezer's spry solo, and takes flight in her hip, Brazilian-tinged rendition of Joe Sample's "Soul Shadows." Donatelli captures the essence of "When I Looked Again," a collaborative effort by Christian McBride and Sting that was recorded by them but unissued, with effective overdubbed harmony vocals judiciously used in Keezer's arrangement. With so many jazz vocalists competing for attention, Denise Donatelli easily stands out from the pack with her versatile, creative repertoire and strong voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
Savant
UPC:
0633842211725
catalogNumber:
422117
Rank:
18011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Denise Donatelli   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Sprague   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Andy Martin   Trombone
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Yutaka Yokokura   Background Vocals
Tim Garland   Soprano Saxophone
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet
Walter Rodriguez   Percussion
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Susan Wulff   Double Bass
Matthew Funes   Viola
Carlitos Del Puerto   Bass,Electric Bass
Nicholas Stoup   Percussion
Geoffrey Keezer   Piano,Musical Direction
Giovanna Clayton   Cello

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Don Heckman   Liner Notes
Peter Eldridge   Vocal Arrangements
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Christian McBride   Composer
Talley Sherwood   Engineer
D. Brown   Composer
Tim Garland   Engineer
J. Lawrence   Composer
Denise Donatelli   Executive Producer
A. Altman   Composer
Sean Swinney   Engineer
B. Lane   Composer
J. Brooke   Composer
D. Reeves   Composer
J. Sample   Composer
Geoffrey Keezer   Arranger,Producer
Carlos Y. Del Rosario   Producer,Engineer
Aaron Field   Engineer
N. Dawn   Composer
S. Allyson   Composer
Robbie Davis   Executive Producer

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