Denise Donatelli: Sails (Velas Icadas)
Sails (Velas Icadas)
Denise Donatelli (vocals)
What Lies Within (Savant SCD-2095)
Denise Donatelli (vocals),
Bob Sheppard (soprano sax, flute & alto flute), Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Hamilton Price (bass), Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums).
Composed by I. Lins & V. Martins.
Recorded: Chatsworth, CA, July 21-23, 2007
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Denise Donatelli can flat out sing, but many vocalists can sing, so what makes Donatelli worth listening to? Her choice of music is superlative – the songs on this CD span artists from Milton Nascimento to Joni Mitchell – and the arrangements by talented keyboardist Geoff Keezer are perfectly tailored to showcase Donatelli's vocal and interpretive talents. The combination is potent, and the musicians are all thoroughly professional and complementary. On Ivan Lins's magical "Sails," Donatelli's smooth, unfettered delivery slides through the lilting melodic twists and turns with feeling and grace. As Sheppard tracks seamlessly through the intro, Keezer prods the rhythm section through its staccato beat. Keezer's lyricism is on show during his solo, and the scatting Donatelli flexes her vocal chops successfully without becoming tedious. She offers a fresh approach to songs worthy of being revisited, and has the vocal acumen to make it interesting without gimmicks or pyrotechnics. It's good to hear a new voice with such promise.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello