(See CD Release Event at Blue Note)
I Just Wanted to Hear the Words
Danny Aiello on Vocals, Joe Geary on Drums/Percussion, Lee Hudson on Bass, Keith Ingham on Piano,
James Chirillo on Guitar, Rob Hyman on Organ, Michael Hashim on Alto and Baritone Sax, Brad Shigeta on Trombone, Tad Shull on Tenor Sax, Walt Szymanski on Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Mairi Darman on Cello, Cornelius Farris on Violin, Ralph Farris on Viola, Jenny Scheiman on Violin, Marc Phaneuf on Flute, Dave Weiss on Bass Flute,
And Ray Ecks and Andrea Cellasio-Kehoe on Background Vocals
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 3, 2005
This is a danceable hot swing CD with one of the best song and dance bands ever assembled. Danny Aiello’s seasoned and grainy vocals are reminiscent of some of the best Italian singers from years past, such as Dean Martin and Perry Como.
#1 – All of Me – This is an endearing and infectious opener, with sensational brass solos. Shigeta’s tempting trombone overrides the horns, and the background vocals add class.
#6 – Over the Rainbow/I’m Always Chasing Rainbows – Aiello leads with Judy Garland’s memorable ballad, follows it with a classical string ensemble of violins, viola, cello, and bass, and then melts the song into a bit of I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, to return to the original refrain. This was a song with surprises.
#12 – You’ll Never Know – Aiello handles this popular tune with romance, blues, and extra vocal effects. Aiello’s distinctive New York accent adds personality and pizzazz.
#14 – The Curtain Falls – Ingham on piano plays a prominent melody, over which strings soar. Aiello adds sensitive intonations.