Savant, 2010, CD
Instrument: Female Vocals
Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O’s Notes: Denise is back with another release produced by pianist Geoffrey Keezer. We liked her last one and this is equally enjoyable, a collection of eleven pop and jazz standards. Peter Sprague (g), Hamilton Price (b) and Jon Wikan (d) are the rest of the rhythm section. They are supplemented by strong guest artists including Ingrid Jensen (flugelhorn) and Ron Blake (sax). Denise’s trademark is integration with the band and she blends well on songs like “I Wish I Were In Love Again”, “Don’t Explain” and “The Bed I Made” with excellent vocal harmonizing by Julia Dollison & Kerry Marsh. We also enjoyed “Enchantment” including fine solos by Sprague and Keezer with Denise scatting alongside them. She is not afraid to step out as on “Forward, Like So”. Donatelli has another winner to add to your collection!
Publicist: Jazz Depot