At The Holiday Inn Lounge. All music is fundamentally good, it is just that some music is better. This collection falls under the “good” category. This is a 2 CD live set of pianist / vocalist Rick DellaRatta and his trio, consisting of René Hart on bass and the late Denis Charles on drums with additional support from guitarist Dustan Galas and Walt Szymanski on Trumpet. The performances lack the intimacy of a small venue and are slightly self-indulgent in their length. DellaRatta takes himself and his talent a bit too seriously. Michael Nastos of The All Music Guide describes DellaRatta’s...”nasal voice as a cross between Elton John and Michael Franks”. Add to that Sting, Billy Joel, and the wheeze of a late-period Chet Baker and the listener might have a clearer picture. DellaRatta’s keyboard work reminds me of the young Benny Green without the direction. The set highlight comes at the end, with “When Its Sleepy time Down South”, a bit too late to make this set 100% worthwhile. This is harmless lounge music. It will appeal to those listeners who like Kenny G, John Tesh, and Yanni.
Track Listing: (CD 1) Living Inside A Daydream; 7th Heaven; Autumn Leaves; Little Song; Take It Or Leave It. (CD 2) Say You
Personnel: Rick DellaRatta: Keyboards, Vocals; Ren
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.