MP3 Denise Mangiardi - Fine Tuning
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11 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, EASY LISTENING: Background Music
Eric Gunnison-Piano(go home,440 and peeling sticks)
Mike Marlier-drums(go home and 440 and peeling sticks)
This is the first CD written and produced by composer, singer, pianist Denise Mangiardi. Denise has been compared to Ricky Lee Jones, Shirley Horn and Astrid Gilberto. It is classic in its deliverance and can be easily compared to a classic Blue Note quality. This CD has been a favorite background CD because of its subtle and laid back style. It features 8 originals by Denise as well as a beautiful rendition of "The Waters Wide" as well as a subtle blues version of Dina Washington's "Love me with Misery". There is also an original composition that was written and dedicated for guitarist Emily Remiler that features New Orleans's guitarist Steve Masakowski.
"Mangiardi is a gifted poet who sings jazz. Her lyrics are a powerful exploration of redemption and self-transformation (slightly 'new agey' but not pretentiously so). On this record she works with some of New Orleans' finest."
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"Denise's technique is so solid that you never worry about it. This frees up her accompanists and her listeners to concentrate on the emotion of the songs she's delivering."
Michael Pellera, PIANIST,COMPOSER
"Her light supple voice explores eight introspective original compositions with a moderate pop feel. Annie Ross, Astrud Gilberto, or perhaps a less affected Rickie Lee Jones flicker through these songs, but in the end Mangiardi sounds like no one but herself, the goal of any serious jazz artist."
Tom McDermott LAGNIAPPE,NEW ORLEANS
"Mangiardi's soft voice and earthy piano style bring to mind Shirley Horn."
Jeff Bradley, Denver Post
Denise Mangiardi began writing and playing classical music at the age of ten and by the time she was 14 she was playing professionally beginning with NYC's "The Bitter End." She started out writing folk/blues type of music until she turned toward the jazz scene beginning with her introduction to 'Berklee College of Music,' where she majored in piano and composition.
Her influences varied, including the blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Billie Blake, to the folk/jazz style of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro, to the Motown pop of Steve Wonder until she came under the influence of artists such as Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis.
Coming under the wings of legendary pianist Ellis Larkin, Denise developed her singing style and became influenced by his rich sophisticated harmonies which have now become a unique trademark in Denise's style of composition as a lyricist and composer. She used to perform with Ellis in NYC and has played with some of the world's finest pianists. She has also studied harmony with pianist, Gary Dial and tenor saxaphonist, Gerry Bergonzi, who is featured on her latest CD, "Naked Truth." Denise often plays piano herself on gigs and prefers the small club kind of atmosphere.
Denise also writes orchestral music. At the present time, she is leaning towards film scoring and had some of her music featured in an animated video by Regina Tierney's "I Love my Fumily" which featured at the Ricco-Maresca Gallery in NYC. She has also had her string quartet piece "City Park" played at the Ziegiest Theatre in New Orleans.
Denise is a Native to New York and the eighth out of nine children. She has lived in many countries, including a five year stint in New Orleans where she recorded all of her CD's and feels most at home due to the wonderful support of many of the musicians. Her favorite place to entertain is in the New Orleans Premier Jazz Club, "Snug Harbor" where she enjoys going to on trips back to the states. After two years of living in Paris, she now resides in London with her husband and two daughters.
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