When Lights Are Low

When Lights Are Low

by Denise DonatelliDenise Donatelli


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Denise Donatelli got a late start in her career as a jazz singer, as she first devoted herself to her work at CNN while raising her family. For her third CD, the talented alto again utilizes the talents of keyboardist/arranger Geoff Keezer with guitarist Peter Sprague, bassist Hamilton Price, and drummer Jon Wikan rounding out the rhythm section, with a few guests on some tracks. She expands her musical horizon a bit more on this release, though there are still plenty of standards. Donatelli swings hard with her rousing interpretation of "It's You or No One." She shimmers in her romantic duet with Keezer on "Why Did I Choose You?." Ron Blake is added on tenor sax for the vocalist's enchanting rendition of Benny Carter's timeless "When Lights Are Low." She's equally comfortable with Cedar Walton's demanding "Enchantment (Firm Roots)." Donatelli ventures into Brazilian music, including a touching, lush rendition of an Ivan Lins/Vitor Martins bossa nova (with English lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman), backed by strings and with superb solos by soprano saxophonist Ron Blake and Keezer. She also offers a playful, breezy take of "The Telephone Song" with Sprague (on acoustic guitar) and Wikan (on pandeito) as her sole accompanists. There are a few twists. Donatelli performs Sting's "Big Lie, Small World" as an infectious bossa nova with a bit of Afro-Cuban seasoning thrown in by Keezer, the backing vocals of the husband-and-wife team of Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison, plus bass clarinet and cello. The backing is similar for her warm interpretation of the obscure pop ballad "The Bed I Made." Denise Donatelli continues to make impressive strides after her delayed entrance into jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Savant
UPC: 0633842210926
catalogNumber: 2109
Rank: 115496

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Denise Donatelli   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Sprague   Guitar
Ron Blake   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roland Kato   Viola
Ingrid Jensen   Flugelhorn
Jon Wikan   Percussion,Drums,Pandeiro
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Julia Dollison   Background Vocals
Kerry Marsh   Background Vocals
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Cello
Phillip O'Connor   Bass Clarinet
Susan Wulff   Double Bass
Hamilton Price   Bass,Electric Bass
Geoffrey Keezer   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Musical Direction
Matthew Duckles   Viola

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer
Peter Sprague   Engineer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Jim Wilke   Liner Notes
Julia Dollison   Arranger
Ed Wooley   Engineer
H. Martin   Composer
B. Holiday   Composer
V. Martins   Composer
M. Leonard   Composer
D. Batteau   Composer
Geoffrey Keezer   Arranger,Producer
C. Walton   Composer
Carlos Y. Del Rosario   Producer,Engineer
Andy Zisakis   Engineer

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