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Album Review

Charlie Dennard: Deep Blue

Read "Deep Blue" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Deep Blue by New Orleans pianist Charlie Dennard and his crew is a jambalaya in which Dennard displays fine keyboard skills and a flair for writing melodic tunes. The kick-off, “St. Charles Strut," is all 'Nawlins frontline contemporized. It is a Dennard original which offers an ear-worm melody that's similar to the first few notes of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." That motif reverberates both in major and minor keys throughout the track. “Mojave" is a pulsating ...


Album Review

Charlie Dennard: From Brazil To New Orleans

Read "From Brazil To New Orleans" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Thousands of miles separate Brazil and New Orleans, but pianist/composer Charlie Dennard thinks these two locales are a lot closer than that. This album is his way of showing that. Dennard, a former student of Ellis Marsalis who's served as a music director for Cirque du Soleil productions and shared the stage with drummer Stanton Moore, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and numerous other NOLA heavies, uses a rotating cast of twenty musicians to put life into this line ...


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