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Last First Kiss

Tony DeSare

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Album Review

Last First Kiss builds nicely upon vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare's superb 2005 debut album, Want You. A charming presence on the microphone with classic silver-screen good looks and a singer/songwriter's soul, DeSare not only updates such classic American popular song standards here as "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You" and "How Deep Is the Ocean?," but also reinterprets such modern-day hits as "Kiss," turning Prince's iconic funk track into a slowed-down organ-driven shuffle. Similarly invigorating, DeSare dims the lights on Carole King's usually upbeat "I Feel the Earth Move" and delivers instead a brooding, Miles Davis-influenced afterglow version. It's just this kind of postmodern niftiness that stops Last First Kiss from being yet another solid yet predictable neo-crooner outing and turns it into a truly surprising listen. Also a pleasant surprise is DeSare's own songwriting, and here he showcases his knack for both classic jazz standard-influenced songcraft, as on the poignant "I'll Never Have Enough of You," as well as more contemporary rock-influenced writing, as evidenced by the sweetly melodic and bittersweet title track. Of course, at his core DeSare is a supremely gifted interpreter of jazz standards, and his softly melodic, straight-ahead take on "There Will Never Be Another You" mainlines heartbreak to your soul. Throw in a stellar backing ensemble, including bassist and co-writer Mike Lee, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and Last First Kiss enters the race as an early contender for one of the best releases of 2007.

Customer Reviews

Last First Kiss

Tony DeSare ... this young man and his music are fantastic ! As his JHS principal, I nearly drove him from music ... he rehearsed endlessly in and out of school. The old favorites are right there with Connick; his compositions, range and maturity continue to grow as does his desire to entertain. This albumn exceeds his first CD "Want You " . Both are a must for every Jazz lovers collection.

Last First Kiss

Close your eyes and imagine yourself cooking in the kitchen, fireplace on and waiting for your perfect someone to walk through the door so you can hand them a glass of wine and welcome them home. Now imagine the music in the background. You found the right album.

DELICIOUS

It doesn't get yummier than this...Buy every song on this album to get the full Desare Effect.

Biography

Born: 1976 in Glen Falls, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Pianist/vocalist Tony Desare is a jazz musician and crooner in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole as well as such revivalists as Harry Connick, Jr. and John Pizzarelli. A native of New York State, Desare began playing piano at a young age and by 17 had more than a few live performances under his belt. During his time at Ithaca College, Desare continued performing and developed a loyal following around upstate New York. Moving to New York City in 1998, he nabbed a gig playing at the...
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