Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Denise Donatelli is a mesmerizing jazz vocalist, in full command of her instrument while offering her heart and soul with each note. On Find a Heart, joined by a group of Los Angeles jazz session players, Donatelli takes the forefront with style and panache, providing illuminating vocals that gently walk the line between energetic jazz-singing and luminous balladry. There is a thread of kindheartedness and sincerity running throughout the album's diverse and unique set list, which allows a true sense of artistry to emerge at any tempo or dynamic level. Featuring the arranging talents of Geoffrey Keezer once again and the artistry of Brazilian guitarist Leonardo Amuedo, Jay Leno drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith and others, Denise Donatelli delivers an elegant and beautiful jazz album.
Personnel: Denise Donatelli (vocals); Michael Thompson , Leonardo Amuedo (guitar); Matthew Funes , Alma Fernandez, Darrin McCann (viola); Giovanna Clayton (cello); Christine Jensen (soprano saxophone); Bob Sheppard (tenor saxophone); Chris Botti (trumpet); Geoffrey Keezer (piano); Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums); Walter Rodriguez (percussion); Julia Dollison, Yutaka Yokokura, Sy Smith (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Carlos Del Rosario.
Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Recording information: Tritone Recording Studio, Glendale, CA (2014-05-06&2014-05-07&2014-); Visual Rhythm Recording Studio, Alhambra, CA (2014-05-06&2014-05-07&2014-).
Editor: Carlos Del Rosario.
Photographer: Mikel Healey.
Arranger: Geoffrey Keezer.
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