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Friday, March 7, 2014

Anna Danes Longing DLG 2014

Longing
Anna Danes has the talent and tenacity to move effortlessly between the jazz and adult contemporary genres.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
Anna's bio reads like the American dream as she escaped Communist Poland and an unhappy marriage only to move forward attending law school and now on the precipice of a promising singing career. I don't consider Anna Danes a jazz singer and I mean that in the best possible way. Danes has such a solid set of technical skills that her vocal ability is incredibly adaptable and with tunes such as "Something" and "Killing Me Softly" there is an undeniable crossover potential that radio programmers should hopefully catch on to.
 
There are the standards such as "The Very Thought of You" and "Dream a Little Dream" of me that have an intimate connectivity and are presented with the authenticity of an artist. In short, Anna does not just sing the words but she makes the music. While Anna may still be considered a relative new comer, all the skills are there. Longing is a showcase of diversity and lyrical range all delivered with spot on precision. This release should start turning some heads in her direction and very soon!
 
4 Stars.
 
Tracks: Splendor In The Grass; Meditation; Something; Sweet Valentine; Killing Me Softly; The Sun Won't Shine Today; The Very Thought Of You; La Vie En Rose; Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars Corcovado; It's All Right With Me; Dream A Little Dream of Me; I Wish You Love.
 
Personnel: Anna Danes: Vocals; Larry B. White: Piano, Background Vocals; Mark Chosak: Guitar; Bob Magnusson: Upright Bass; Rob Thorsen: Upright Bass; Kevin Koch: Drums; Monette Marino: Percussion; John Rekevics: Tenor Saxophone, Flutes, Clarinet; Scott Hecker: Trumpet; Heart String Quartet: Violins, Viola, Cello.