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CD REVIEW: Daniela Nardi Trio – “one true thing”
By Stacey Board - 12/19/2003 - 03:27 PM EST

Artist: Daniela Nardi Trio
Album: “one true thing”
CD Review: I would summarize “one true thing” as lilting groovy soulfull jazz. This is not overcomplicated intellijazz. It is keyboard based pop with a jazz influence.

Nardi’s gorgeous keyboard is the framework for each piece. Her voice is deep, smoky and steadfast while the tones of the keyboards she plays vary their dance around it. Imagine Natalie Merchant, subtract her tremolo and add a much more diverse songwriting palette. Nardi gets soulful, sweet and sassy. She uses her heart and her brain in her lyrics.

Every one of the musicians and performances are excellent. The arrangement is relaxed and appropriate. The accompaniment stays in the scenery and expands it, never stepping up front to be in the way. Nardi did an astounding job of self-producing the CD.

“Hands” is one of my favorites because I’m a sucker for well done latin jazz. Nothing on the CD is ever rushed, and yet it all sounds perfectly tight and flawlessly played. This CD like a sophisticated glass of wine to be savored.

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