I’m so happy to be able to share with you the reissue of my first major label debut, Want You. The release of this album changed my life from a New York City piano player/singer to an international touring jazz artist. It led to the last ten years of musical and life experiences traveling the world sharing my music with whomever will listen.
Most of Want You was recorded in spring of 2003 at Tedesco Studios in Paramus, NJ. I had met jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli earlier that year and he invited me to sit in at Shanghai Jazz, a jazz club in NJ. After that, I asked Bucky (as a long shot) if he would consider recording a demo with me. He said, “sure, just make it close to my house.” So I found the studio and what started out as recording a few songs turned into a three-day session where we recorded a full album’s worth of material. My producer, Billy Terrell, shopped the demo around for months and we received strong interest from legendary jazz label, Telarc Records. I showcased for them at Birdland in 2004 and Want You was released in 2005.
Since I recorded Want You independently, we did a license deal with Telarc and now the rights have reverted back to me. I decided it would be nice to revisit Want You, go back to the original sessions and add a couple of tunes that were cut.
So – here is Want You: Deluxe Edition with the addition of “I’m in the Mood for Love” and “Takin’ a Chance on Love.” We all really liked these tracks back then but it was determined that we just didn’t need them.
I will personally sign and personalize each Want You: Deluxe Edition for you and I hope you enjoy the CD whether you’re hearing it for the first time or you’re just buying it to support my ability to keep making music for you.
MAKING THE ALBUM
I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Want You came out! This album changed my life. It allowed me to play outside of New York City and I have had a whirlwind of shows all around the world for the last decade and so many unforgettable experiences. Want You actually began as a bunch of songs recorded over the course of a few days with the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar. When that collection of songs got the attention of Telarc records, I recorded a few more songs and we ended up having more songs than we needed so we cut the CD down to 13 tracks. Some of those cut recordings were unfortunately lost along the way, but two of them survived. I had the raw tracks and decided to mix those and include them in this reissue.
I’m in the Mood for Love is done in a bossa nova style with some brilliant reharmonizations by Tedd Firth, who also played piano on the track. The flugelhorn solo is by John Swana.
Takin’ a Chance on Love is a great old standard done in the Nat King Cole trio style, featuring some ensemble solis and solos from Bucky Pizzarelli and yours truly.
So whether you’re hearing this for the first time or bought it again for the new songs and to support what I’m doing, I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I had making it.
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Piano and Vocals – Tony DeSare
Piano (Tracks 2,4,14) – Ted Firth
7 String Guitar – Bucky Pizzarelli
Trumpet (Track 3) Flugelhorn (Track 14) – John Swana
Bass – Mike Lee
Drums (Track 1) – Brian Czach
Drums (Track 3) – Vic Stevens
Executive Producers: John and Sheridan Greeniaus
Photographer: Bill Westmoreland
Fashion Stylist: Karen Kleber