Dennis Llewellyn Day
A veteran singer with a warm sound, a real understanding of the lyrics that he interprets, and a swinging and bluesy style,
Dennis Llewellyn Day has long been an important part of the New York jazz scene.
Bossa, Blues and Ballads is Dennis’ finest recording to date, featuring not only his mellifluous singing but also several prime
examples of his talents as a lyricist.
To name a few of his key sidemen, pianist Harold Mabern has been a jazz giant for over a halfcentury
while Anthony Wonsey has made waves with his own piano playing in recent times. Included are
renowned drummer Billy Kaye, altoist Mark Gross, tenor saxophonist Ray Blue, and James Zollar on trumpet.
Day shares the vocal spotlight with Camille Thurman, a vibrant young talent with a beautifully agile voice
who is best known as a saxophonist and is gaining international recognition.
This memorable album also features organist, arranger, and producer Bennett Paster; first-tier
guitarists Paul Meyers and Marvin Horne; highly in-demand bassists Paul Beaudry and Alex Layne; and
Brazilian percussionist Nanny Assis. Eric Wheeler contributes tastefully on bass and drummer Brandon
Sanders adeptly adds to the project’s rhythm pallet on several tracks.
Throughout the wide-ranging set, Dennis Llewellyn Day is heard at the peak of his powers as a jazz
singer and lyricist. He and his musicians create fresh versions of classic American and Brazilian songs that
not only do justice to the music but give them new life. – Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian