Thursday, May 11, 2006

So Nice


In the interest of full disclosure, Dave Damiani is a friend of mine. But also in the interest of full disclosure, I usually don't have much use for jazz. To me, most of it sounds like the musicians are still tuning up and cleaning their spit valves, and no one told them the show started. I like Count Basie.... Jazz with less than thirty musicians doesn't interest me.

But this is different! Dave's new CD is the
good kind of jazz. The Frank's-Place-and-martinis kind of jazz, as Dave reinterprets four songs from the Great American Songbook. (Why do we call it the "American" Songbook, when one of the songs here was written by two Englishmen? Why do we steal credit for songs, but let the world think the Chinese came up with our greatest invention, the fortune cookie? But I digress...)

Anyway, Dave does these songs beautifully, and you can stream or buy his 4-song CD at his MySpace site or at www.davedamiani.com. Check it out. This is music for candlelight and romance... even if you're all alone. Giggity giggity!

1 comment:

Tod Hunter said...

Ho hum. Another wannabe crooner who thinks that singing this stuff is easy just because Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald et al. made it look easy. All of these guys -- even Rod Stewart -- have also adopted the condescending Michael Feinstein I'm-doing-you-a-favor attitude.

I'll take a beat-up Lp of Songs For Swingin' Lovers over all this new "reinterpretation." But you never know, somebody might pull it off someday.