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When Lights Are Low

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Denise Donatelli got a late start in her career as a jazz singer, as she first devoted herself to her work at CNN while raising her family. For her third CD, the talented alto again utilizes the talents of keyboardist/arranger Geoff Keezer with guitarist Peter Sprague, bassist Hamilton Price, and drummer Jon Wikan rounding out the rhythm section, with a few guests on some tracks. She expands her musical horizon a bit more on this release, though there are still plenty of standards. Donatelli swings hard with her rousing interpretation of "It's You or No One." She shimmers in her romantic duet with Keezer on "Why Did I Choose You?." Ron Blake is added on tenor sax for the ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Denise Donatelli got a late start in her career as a jazz singer, as she first devoted herself to her work at CNN while raising her family. For her third CD, the talented alto again utilizes the talents of keyboardist/arranger Geoff Keezer with guitarist Peter Sprague, bassist Hamilton Price, and drummer Jon Wikan rounding out the rhythm section, with a few guests on some tracks. She expands her musical horizon a bit more on this release, though there are still plenty of standards. Donatelli swings hard with her rousing interpretation of "It's You or No One." She shimmers in her romantic duet with Keezer on "Why Did I Choose You?." Ron Blake is added on tenor sax for the vocalist's enchanting rendition of Benny Carter's timeless "When Lights Are Low." She's equally comfortable with Cedar Walton's demanding "Enchantment Firm Roots." Donatelli ventures into Brazilian music, including a touching, lush rendition of an Ivan Lins/Vitor Martins bossa nova with English lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, backed by strings and with superb solos by soprano saxophonist Ron Blake and Keezer. She also offers a playful, breezy take of "The Telephone Song" with Sprague on acoustic guitar and Wikan on pandeito as her sole accompanists. There are a few twists. Donatelli performs Sting's "Big Lie, Small World" as an infectious bossa nova with a bit of Afro-Cuban seasoning thrown in by Keezer, the backing vocals of the husband-and-wife team of Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison, plus bass clarinet and cello. The backing is similar for her warm interpretation of the obscure pop ballad "The Bed I Made." Denise Donatelli continues to make impressive strides after her delayed entrance into jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Savant
  • UPC: 633842210926
  • Catalog Number: 2109
  • Sales rank: 98,723

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Denise Donatelli Primary Artist, Vocals
Peter Sprague Guitar
Ron Blake Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roland Kato Viola
Ingrid Jensen Flugelhorn
Jon Wikan Percussion, Drums, Pandeiro
Alma Fernandez Viola
Julia Dollison Background Vocals
Kerry Marsh Background Vocals
Phillip O'Connor Bass Clarinet
Susan Wulff Double Bass
Hamilton Price Bass, Electric Bass
Geoffrey Keezer Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Musical Direction
Matthew Duckles Viola
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Sting Composer
Peter Sprague Engineer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Jim Wilke Liner Notes
Julia Dollison Arranger
Ed Wooley Engineer
H. Martin Composer
B. Holiday Composer
V. Martins Composer
M. Leonard Composer
D. Batteau Composer
Geoffrey Keezer Arranger, Producer
C. Walton Composer
Carlos Y. Del Rosario Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Andy Zisakis Engineer
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