178

Denise Donatelli: In the Company of Friends

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Denise Donatelli brings the rich texture of her voice and the subtle rhythmic stride of her phrasing to the forum through a program of familiar jazz standards on In the Company of Friends. Working with an all-star ensemble of Los Angeles veterans, she's comfortable with a balance of heartfelt interpretation and sparkling musical persuasion.

"You Don't Know What Love Is" proves sultry and exotic as the singer cools her delivery with whispered sighs and then builds the aura with powerful vocal punctuation. Sparkling with syncopated clusters, the music reinforces a lyric message that attempts to describe the way we feel when driven by emotion. Anxious chords and furious phrases strengthen the song's intentions.

"Send in the Clowns" brings a relaxed accompaniment into play in order to focus on Donatelli's hauntingly questioning lyric interpretation. The song represents a search. She prefers to maintain a mellow pace, bringing the song to its fruition without muss or fuss.

She's at her best with a fast romp like "This is New" or a sultry blues like Tom Garvin's "Roarin' Borin' Alice." Donatelli, convincing in her interpretation of lyrics and musically refreshing in her partnership with this all-star ensemble, gives her audience an affair to remember and comes recommended for her loyalty to the jazz backbone.

Visit Denise Donatelli on the web.


Track Listing: On Green Dolphin Street, The Thrill Is Gone, Round Midnight, You Don't Know What Love Is, A Sleepin' Bee, Send In The Clowns, This Is New, If You Could See Me Now, Dream Dancing, A Roarin' Borin' Alice, When Summer Turns to Snow

Personnel: Denise Donatelli - vocals, Tom Garvin - piano/arranger, Clay Jenkins - trumpet, Bob Sheppard - reeds, Andy Martin - trombone, Tom Peterson -tenor, Brian Scanlon -alto flute, Peter Woodford - guitar, Tom Warrington - bass, Steve Houghton - drums, Brian Kilgore -percussion.

Title: In The Company of Friends | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Jazzed Media


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Escualo" CD/LP/Track Review Escualo
by Duncan Heining
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Innate" CD/LP/Track Review Innate
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: March 29, 2017
Read "Blow, Strike & Touch" CD/LP/Track Review Blow, Strike & Touch
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by John Sharpe
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Gin & Moonlight" CD/LP/Track Review Gin & Moonlight
by James Nadal
Published: August 26, 2017
Read "Flesh & Bone" CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.