Soul Shadows on Savant (CD Review)

Soul Shadows
Denise Donatelli
Savant CD

Los Angeles based vocalist Denise Donatelli, joined by pianist/arranger Geoffrey Keezer, presents a mixed program of jazz standards and “classy” pop songs on her third Savant Records release Soul Shadows. Some are adorned with strings, others feature small jazz combos, and most are given straight ahead treatment; a noteworthy exception is a bossa nova rendition of the Joe Sample penned title song. Donatello’s voice and phrasing are flexible, her interpretations suave and detailed without being fussy. Keezer’s arrangements are very finely constructed, keeping in mind and flattering Donatelli’s instrument while providing ample interest themselves. A CD that is consistently appealing and rewards repeated listenings, Soul Shadows is one of our favorite jazz vocal recordings of 2012.

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