Lou Lanza | The Road Not Taken

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The Road Not Taken

by Lou Lanza

Hot, swinging male jazz vocals with breath-catching agility and personality.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oh, Lady Be Good!
2:24 album only
2. I'm Hip
3:30 album only
3. Not Exactly Paris
4:53 album only
4. Lilliana
3:48 album only
5. Rhythm Mania
2:58 album only
6. I Wish I Knew
3:29 album only
7. The Darkness Within
4:41 album only
8. Like Young
4:36 album only
9. My Funny Valentine
5:09 album only
10. My Ship
4:21 album only
11. Midnight Sun
4:43 album only
12. Stick Around / This Is the Life Rap
2:59 album only


Album Notes
Lou Lanza is a Philadelphia native who thrives on the cultural and musical heritage of that city. Lou has music in his genes - an opera singer grandfather, a classical violinist father, and a pianist, organist & music teaching mother. His jazz influence came from another of his relatives, Vince Trombetta, a saxophonist & arranger who served as musical director of The Mike Douglas Show. Lou’s music teachers include Jimmy Bruno and Larry McKenna. His live performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City have earned him the admiration of many industry professionals including Bootsie Barnes, Henry Mancini, & Tony Bennett. Some of Lou’s CDs include: the road not taken (C.A.B. Records), corner pocket (J-Bird Records), Shadows and Echoes (Challenge Records), and opening Doors, A Jazz Tribute to The Doors and An Intimate Portrait in Blue (to be released next spring). Lou has appeared in a series jazz related of spots on BET, will be listed among the top 500! jazz vocalists of all time in The Jazz Singers by critic/author Scott Yanow (to be published by Backbeat Books),was voted among the top five male jazz vocalists of 2003 in the Brazil Press Tribune, won in 2005 for opening Doors, and came in 2nd in 2006 for An Intimate Portrait In Blue, as well as top 10 albums of the year.



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Alex Henderson

Lou Lanza - the road not taken
Lou Lanza showed promise on his debut album, The Road Not Taken, which tended to be generally more restrained than his sophomore effort, Corner Pocket. Although "Oh, Lady Be Good!" proved that the Philadelphian had no problem swinging in a horn-like fashion at a brisk tempo, Lanza's romantic side dominated the little-known CD. Lanza showed how strong a ballad singer he could be on appealing versions of "Midnight Sun," "My Funny Valentine" and "My Ship," and his talents as a composer were illustrated by romantic originals ranging from the introspective ballad "The Darkness Within" to the poignant "Lilliana" and the bossa nova "I Wish I Knew." Lanza's solid Philly support includes guitarist Jimmy Bruno and saxman Larry McKenna, who was one of the city's top tenor men but had enjoyed little national exposure. Although the more risk-taking Corner Pocket would be a better introduction to Lanza's talents, The Road Not Taken is pleasing and enjoyable.