Tony DeSare releases new album PiANO, creating an entire band using only manipulated sounds from an acoustic Yamaha piano
DeSare Reimagines 'The Contemporary American Songbook' with covers of Bon Jovi and Journey, even as he shows reverence for the past
Yamaha Artist Tony DeSare delivers an ambitious new album, PiANO, showcasing his fascination with recording technology, as every sound (other than his vocals) is created on a Yamaha acoustic piano. The genre-bending collection, out October 1st, sees DeSare covering The Contemporary American Songbook, with his interpretations of Journey's classic 'Faithfully' and Bon Jovi's 'You Give Love a Bad Name,' even as he shows reverence for the past with his upbeat immersion in the seminal music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and more. His original tracks, which round out the 11-song collection, reveal his promise as the 'next generation of showman,' able to evoke such icons as Frank Sinatra and Vic Damone in the same breath as such contemporary superstars as Billy Joel, Michael Bublé or Harry Connick, Jr.
He describes the painstaking process of making the album: "PiANO is the result of over two years of experimentation and recording, all done exclusively on a Yamaha acoustic piano. Every sound you hear on this album (other than my voice) originated from somewhere in, on, or under the piano. Many songs utilize more than 60 tracks of individually recorded piano parts sonically sculpted to sound like anything from a bass drum to a banjo."
DeSare defies easy categorization with PiANO, with forays into jazz, pop, standards and more. At once old-school and utterly modern, DeSare opens with an up-tempo James Booker/Thom Yorke-inspired original 'A Lot to Say,' before seamlessly shifting to Cole Porter's 'Just One of Those Things.' It's the kind of brash confidence that has placed DeSare firmly on the radar of such A-level journalists as Stephen Holden of The NY Times, Elysa Gardner of USA Today, Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal, to name just a few.
"DeSare is one third Bobby Darin, one third Bobby Short and one third Bobby Kennedy."
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Two parts young Sinatra, one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly ..." "... a lean baby
Sinatra with burning brown eyes and flashing teeth . . . His intonation and enunciation are impeccable."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"DeSare belongs to a group of neo‐traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr. to Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum. But this singer/songwriter/pianist's approach is refreshingly instinctual ... DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smoothing or overthinking the material. And on a few classic‐style originals, he exhibits a similarly breezy charm as a tunesmith."
PiANO is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.
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