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Daniela Schächter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

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Italian pianist and singer Daniela Schachter goes into the “songbook" genre on this CD, doing lively spins on the work of songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, a man responsible for more hits than I realized. I knew he had written several songs for Frank Sinatra but until seeing them here, I hadn't realized he also had a hand in standards like “Darn That Dream" and “Here's That Rainy Day." Schachter's voice throughout the set is mature and melodic enough ...

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Daniela Schachter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen

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Anybody who's ever adoringly listened to a large number of Frank Sinatra's hits or Bing Crosby's classics is a fan of Jimmy Van Heusen's work, even if they're not familiar with his name. Van Heusen, working alone or with top notch lyricists like Sammy Cahn or Johnny Burke, penned some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century--vehicles of various style and substance that were often immortalized through one of the two aforementioned voices. Italian-born pianist-vocalist Daniela ...

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Daniela Schächter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

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For the first time, Italian-born vocalist and pianist Daniela Schächter devotes her fourth album to a single songwriter: Jimmy Van Heusen. Even a cursory glance at the song list will show that to be no limitation, as these are some of the most enduring classics in the Great American Songbook. Van Heusen had a long association with Frank Sinatra ("All the Way," “Come Fly With Me"), but his catalog has seen countless performances in pop and jazz: “Darn That Dream," ...

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Daniela Schachter: Purple Butterfly

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A gifted vocalist who just happens to also play the piano quite well, Daniela Schachter conjures up comparisons to the great Diana Krall on Purple Butterfly, an offering of contemporary jazz vocals covered with a bit of honey and a taste of Italy. This Sicilian-born, New York-based artist possesses distinctive high-pitch voice, which she employs on ten alluring songs, voicing lyrics in English and Italian (sung gracefully on the emotive “E Se Domani"). Schachter even serves up a dash of ...

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Daniela Schachter: Il Colori Del Mare

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Over the course of many centuries, the island of Sicily has inspired artists from around the world, most recently pianist Daniela Schächter--a Sicilian relocated to the States--whose new release I Colori Del Mare is comprised almost entirely of originals dedicated to her homeland's shoreline. Schächter started her training in Italy and then continued in Boston, studying with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and most significantly pianist Joanne Brackeen. She's since blossomed into a beautifully talented composer ...

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Daniela Schachter: Daniela Schachter

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Just about the time I get discouraged about the future of jazz, a CD like this crosses my path and I am reassured once again. Italian pianist, composer and arranger Daniela Schächter began studying piano at the age of eight, and by her mid-teens she was performing professionally in Italy and Sicily, in addition to session work in the studio. After graduation from the Conservatory in Classical Piano Performance, she taught for a time in Messina, Italy before receiving a ...


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