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Denise Donatelli – Find a Heart (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Denise Donatelli – Find a Heart (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time ~ 57:43 minutes | 659 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Savant Records
Recorded: 2015 , 2016 Grammy Nominees

Denise Donatelli is a mesmerizing jazz vocalist, in command of her expressive instrument while offering her heart and soul with each note. Joined by a company of Los Angeles jazz session players, Donatelli takes the forefront with style and panache, providing illuminating vocals that gently walk the line between energetic jazz-singing and luminous balladry. She accomplishes a warm balance with her singing, offering something for everyone. There is a thread of kind-heartedness and sincerity running throughout the diverse and unique set list, which allows a true sense of artistry to emerge at any tempo or dynamic level. Featuring the arranging talents of Geoffrey Keezer once again and the artistry of Brazilian guiartist Leonardo Amuedo, Jay Leno drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and others, Denise Donatelli delivers one elegantly beautiful jazz album.

Multi Grammy nominee vocalist Denise Donatelli, unveils another gem of an album with the much-anticipated Find A Heart, collaborating once again with producer/arranger, pianist Geoffrey Keezer documenting a surprisingly new direction for the singer as she ventures into the non-standards area. The Great American Songbook will always be with us, here to stay forever as new re-interpretations of classics emerge every day. This project finds the vocalist and pianist exploring new territory as they take the music of modern pop and jazz masters like Sting, David Crosby and Russell Ferrante among others, and ask the question, Isn’t it time for new standards?

One thing clearly evident on this album is, the superb cast of players that make the instrumentation such a pleasure to hear which features an all-star personnel listing that includes Brazilian guitarist Leonardo Amuedo, Cuban bassist Carlitos del Puerto, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Canadian saxophonist Christine Jensen among them. The evolution of The Great American Songbook begins with the Donald Fagen composition “Big Noise, New York” featuring an opening blast from saxophonist great Bob Sheppard before the sparkling vocals of the leader take over on what is a burning beginning to a heck of an album.

The singer finds her softer side on Ferrante’s beautiful love ballad, “Love and Paris Rain” with a little help from guitarist Amuedo then jumps into a lively tempo on Keezer’s own “Spaced Out (En Babia)” before returning to a gentler mood on the absolutely gorgeous “Practical Arrangement” accompanied by the magic horn of Chris Botti and the soft guitar work from Amuedo. Keezer’s arrangement of the Crosby title track, turns this pop tune into a true jazz number with a touch of the Latin flavor.

Keezer and Donatelli draw on a small string section of cello and violas to convey the trials and tribulations of a “Troubled Child” and call on bassist del Puerto and percussionist Walter Rodriguez to weigh in with brisk haunting solos as the singer’s crisp voice reaches and beckons the child with a little help of background vocalists Yutaka Yokokura, and Julia Dollison.

Interestingly enough, while the mission of this venture is still, to offer different songs from more recent times as possible new standards for the future, Donatelli closes the album with heartfelt emotion paying humble respect to current standards with superior renditions of “Midnight Sun,” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Day Dream.” Find A Heart is simply put, an outstanding vocal recording that takes Denise Donatelli’s performance to another level. –Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

1 Big Noise New York 06:16
2 Love and Paris Rain 05:24
3 Spaced Out (En Babia) 04:21
4 Practical Arrangement 03:55
5 Find a Heart 05:30
6 Not Like This 04:09
7 Eyes That Say I Love You 05:09
8 In This Moment 05:36
9 Troubled Child 05:29
10 Midnight Sun 06:19
11 Day Dream 05:35

Denise Donatelli: vocals
Geoffrey Keezer: piano, arranger
Leonardo Amuedo: guitar
Carlito Del Puerto: bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith: drums
Walter Rodriquez: percussion
Chris Botti: trumpet
Bob Sheppard: tenor saxophone
Christine Jensen: soprano saxophone
Michael Thompson; guitar
Giovanna Clayton; cello
Alma Fernandez, Matt Funes, Darrin McCann: viola
Yutaka Yokokura, Sy Smith, Julia Dollison: background vocals



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