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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Singing jazz pianists haven't always gotten a fair shake from critics, but Tony DeSare's CD debut for Telarc demonstrates a potential to win them over while also appealing to a wider audience. Backed by a swinging band that includes veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, DeSare's warm vocals are complemented by his piano chops in the brisk workout of "Just in Time." It is also refreshing to hear a performer mine overlooked gems like Cy Coleman's "Baby Dream Your Dream," "We've Got a World That Swings," and a campy striding instrumental arrangement of the oldie "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue," in which Pizzarelli and bassist Mike Lee give the leader a run for his money with their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Singing jazz pianists haven't always gotten a fair shake from critics, but Tony DeSare's CD debut for Telarc demonstrates a potential to win them over while also appealing to a wider audience. Backed by a swinging band that includes veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, DeSare's warm vocals are complemented by his piano chops in the brisk workout of "Just in Time." It is also refreshing to hear a performer mine overlooked gems like Cy Coleman's "Baby Dream Your Dream," "We've Got a World That Swings," and a campy striding instrumental arrangement of the oldie "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue," in which Pizzarelli and bassist Mike Lee give the leader a run for his money with their respective solos. But the best surprise is the quality of DeSare's originals most of which were jointly written with Lee. Jazz vocalists are always looking for new material despite the dearth of compelling songs emerging from modern Broadway musicals and the world of pop. DeSare offers up warm, swinging ballads like the appealing "Want You" which adds John Swana's delicious muted trumpet and the heartfelt "How Will I Say I Love You" which adds a string section, and while "I'd Have It All If I Had Drew" may be a one-shot novelty due to its subject matter as it was written for the independent film My Date With Drew, it still swings nicely. The poppish "Marry Me" is one track that jazz fans can bypass, but on the whole, there are plenty of reasons for them to snap up this rewarding CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408362026
  • Catalog Number: 83620
  • Sales rank: 96,020

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony DeSare Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
John Swana Trumpet
Bob Howell Tenor Saxophone
Vic Stevens Drums
Tedd Firth Piano
Mike Lee Bass, Double Bass
Brian Czach Cymbals, Drums
Joe Palermo Guitar
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Michael Bishop Mastering
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Elaine Martone Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Mercer Composer
Vic Stevens Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Tommy Tedesco Engineer
Billy Terrell Producer, Audio Production
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Joe Young Composer
Albert Beach Composer
Tony DeSare Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Lee Composer
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