Fine Tuning by Jack Bowers
River of My Own by Jack BowersMore articles about Denise Mangiardi
Her first-rate back-up crew is comprised of some of New Orleans' finest musicians, several of whom Pellera, Singleton, Vidacovich, Dagradi, Masakowski are members of the highly regarded Astral Project. Pellera is especially pleasing on electric piano, as are Dagradi on soprano, tenor Traub and trumpeter Jakobsen. Mangiardi plays an Indian-like flute on the wordless closing number, "The Lotus." If one disregards the lyrics and concentrates solely on melody and rhythm, this is a fairly worthwhile session. But there aren't many songwriters who are also poets Cole Porter and Frank Loesser spring readily to mind and while I don't wish to sound mean-spirited, I fear that Mangiardi suffers greatly by comparison. Let's see what she can do for an encore.
Contact: Denise Mangiardi, Crow Hill Publishing, P.O. Box 1124, Bailey, CO 80421–1124 (phone 303–838–7047; fax 303–816–0387).
Track listing: Rocks and Streams; China; River of My Own; Precious Stones; Rainbow Chasers; The Keeper; Don’t Explain; Transformation; S–7 String; Fantasy; Watch the Mountains Grow; Stand Up (and Be a Human Being); The Lotus (59:17).
Collective personnel: Denise Mangiardi, vocals, gong, flute; Michael Pellera, acoustic and electric piano; Peter Martin, piano; Sammy Perfect, Hammond organ; Chris Severin, James Singleton, Bill Huntington, bass; John Vidacovich, drums, percussion, voice, Taos rattle; Tony Dagradi, tenor, soprano sax; Eric Traub, tenor sax; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Steve Masakowski, guitar; Dave Easley, pedal steel; Sanford Hinderlie, string patch; Tomato, background vocal.
Record Label: Crow Hill
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