These two songs were recorded using a traditional Jazz quartet over a year before the fully orchestrated Hotel LaFayette came out. They were actually rushed out in a single day recording session to be used in a radio promotion campaign and were released publicly for only a very short time in Europe. Since then there had been no plans to offer them for sale again until one had accumulated over 125,000 views on YouTube all on its own, and a number of people had requested Denise make them available again.
Denise actually performed around Chicago with a quartet in many of the area's top clubs before moving into the Adult Standards music format. The quartet used in this recording is no ordinary one though, it features some very special musicians. Jeremy Khan was on the piano, and Jeremy is one of Chicago's very best. He works many of the top Broadway plays that come to town and at the time of this recording he was the head pianist for Wicked. On the drums was Chuck Christianson, the drummer for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme for many years. One of Chicago's most respected upright guys, Nick Schneider, was on the bass, and none other than Eric Schneider blew the sax. Eric played with Count Basie until the Count passed away.
Ironically it was Denise's very unique interpretation of Fly Me To The Moon that launched her on the road to stardom. When she first conceived it her manager told her she was going to record it because it was so different and so good. Producer/arranger Carey Deadman, the genius behind Hotel LaFayette, also wrote and produced both of these songs, and the sessions were done at Chicago Recording Company as well.
For those who love the soft sound of a smoke filled Jazz club, here are two for you.