Brown Book

by Denise Mangiardi

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Brown Book features Denise Mangiardi’s singing and writing with fine contributions made by pianist-keyboardist Mark Soskin, guitarist Brian Seeger, bassist Jay Anderson,
drummer Jeff Boudreaux, percussionist Maurizio Ravalico, Tony Dagradi on soprano and tenor, Dave O’Higgins on tenor-saxophone, and a guest spot for tenor
great Jerry Bergonzi. In addition, five of the ten selections feature the singer’s writing for the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra.
Sandwiched by a pair of brief instrumentals for the orchestra (“Soundscapes I.” and “Soundscapes II.”), the set covers a variety of moods. “The Exchange” is a
dramatic ballad about the pain of rejection (Dagradi’s soprano and the strings add to the piece’s atmosphere), “Brown Book” has a theme that is both haunting
and catchy, and “Day Time Kind Of Girl,” which is about a woman who has her own way of doing things, is quite bluesy.
“Horn Song” is a particularly infectious Latin-flavored tune with assertive lyrics and solos from three tenor-saxophonists including the masterful Jerry Bergonzi.
“My Beauty” features Denise Mangiardi’s sensitive words to Thelonious Monk’s “Ugly Beauty.” Brown Book also includes the celebratory Latinish love song
“Castle In the Sky,” the upbeat “Red Bouquet,” and the quietly dramatic “Waves” which finds Mangiardi’s warm voice accompanied by the string orchestra.
Denise Mangiardi has had a life as productive and colorful as her music. When she was 14 she was already a professional musician working in New York. She
graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in piano and composition, studied harmony with Jerry Bergonzi, and in the 1990s her mentor was
Ellis Larkins whose sophisticated piano inspired her compositional style. Mangiardi performed in many of New York’s top clubs (including the Village Vanguard)
before moving to New Orleans where she was a major part of the scene for five years.
A long-time resident of London, Denise Mangiardi has sung with big and small bands, played piano and guitar, arranged for other artists, and written for string
orchestras. Her earlier albums include Fine Tuning, Camden Town, Alice’s Soul, Crusade, Naked Truth (which features Jerry Bergonzi) and Skylark. She has consistently impressed and delighted listeners and critics alike in several fields.
The diverse and consistently rewarding Brown Book is arguably Denise Mangiardi’s finest hour so far


released March 1, 2020

Denise Mangiard Vocals, Jay Anderson Bass, Mark Soskin
Piano, Jeff Boudreaux Drums, Brian Seeger Guitar, Tony
DaGradi Soprano/Tenor, Dave O’Higgins Tenor, Jerry Bergonzi
Tenor, Maurizio Ravalico Percussion, Strings are by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra


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Vocalist, pianist and composer Denise Mangiardi is originally from New York.has settled in London .Mangiardi has written an album inspired by the great melting pot of her home city, combining jazz, folk, blues and latin music. That well of inspiration is allied to her experience as a classical composer and arranger, leading her to write a unique and eclectic album of original songs. ... more

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Track Name: The Exchange
You’ll never be popular he said
As he walked out the door
There’s a ringing in my ear
Somewhere out there
He made an exchange

Of some kind , somewhere
Soul stuff ...

She quoted all the discs as junk food
As my soul lay somewhere on the desk
Within the mess , that the wild beasts left
A piece of spirit here there but left to fall in the bin with the rest

Was I exchanged for a different hand
Did I not, make your grade
But average among the crocodiles
You cried about and ran from in the night
And under the stars did you lay with me once
Was your jugular shot down
With overkill

Did I miss, the mark
That softer spot
When flames aroused, will swell and rise
And make you hungry , charmed , bewitched
And redefined

Oh now
Why are you singing my songs
Their songs , everyone’s songs
I dismiss you and remiss you
And so too, remember you
While in my absence I was shifted
Held, then rearranged
During the exchange
Track Name: Brown Book
Somewhere deep inside
Dark brown pages lay
A picture that I made
In forest green and indigo ,
Red blazed
Those letters , depicting a me portrayed

I’d dream of you , your face
Your hands held soft against my leg
The touch of your skin
While a kitten sat and grinned
To purr the time away
As the dappling gems of sun
And my old love intertwined

How moods can change with each line
As I watch unfurling pages slide
Thru my brown book
I heard my hearts desires
As I lay , in my bed on fire
Track Name: Day Time Kind of Girl
She’s too nice
But gives advice
Get into trouble from time to time
She can break a stone
Cut out a bone
But if you ask her to wail in the broad daylight
You may be surprised
Cause she only does those things at night

She’s contained
With an air of grace
She always says the right things to keep you from disgrace
Her clothes fit on her just right
Not too tight
To squeeze out her light
But if you ask her to dance and sing
Lords knows what she’ll bring
But your gonna have to wait till its night

She may not be the one
You all would think is fun
She may be off that list
So don’t expect a kiss
But if you decide you wanna go for that ride
Well , you better think f doing things right

She’s an intellectual
She knows about books
She can teach you mathematics
Beside her good looks
She’s a wiz of a chemist
She can put your mind at pace
But your gonna have to wait til it’s dark
To get a taste
Cause she’s a day , she’s a day
She’s a day time kind of girl
Track Name: Horn Song
I just want to say “hey babe” to you tonight
Take me by my hand , I’ll make you understand
Tomorrow’s just another day away
Walk here by my side
Our eyes will shine so bright

I’ll keep you warm
And save you from the storms
That come your way
I’ll keep them far away
If you just try to walk me me tonight
Il take you in my arms and hold you tight
So tight , so tight

I’m in ecstasy just seeing how you smile
Soft as summer suns
I know that your the one
Yesterday is gone and scattered to the wind
You and I will make
A brand new dawn

I’ll keep you warm
And save you from the storms
That come your way
I’ll keep them far away
If you just try to walk me me tonight
Il take you in my arms and hold you tight
So tight , so tight
Track Name: My Beauty
Scenes of love
They’re never far from my mind
I dream of you Ugly Beauty

Shadows fade against each kiss that we made
Through time my love , my beauty

I don’t know , why you should ever go
Far away from me

Hold me close , I’ll never run far from your soul
The taste of you, my beauty
Track Name: Castle in The Sky
Way up high ,observing light
Trying to come my way
Those reveries , my memories
Stop me from sleeping through the night

Your my greatest love
You make it all seem right
Up where the clouds delight
my castle in the sky

The wind refrains the window panes
That shake from the force of the storm
To and fro my body knows
Every molecular cell of your form
Like fables told by fire light
A take my heart adorns
My love for you so high
My castle in the sky

The way you move
Your shape and grove
I’m carelessly cast out to sea
I’m flowing though the flow of you
Following your paths on to me
Your the one who leads the way
Through each and every turn
As shodows cast their shape on this love that burns.

I can’t escape these walls these gates
Their wrapping me in ecstasy
A fortress made , I can’t escape
This craving for you all through the night
My castle in the sky
Track Name: The Red Bouquet
That red bouquet that you bought today
Filled my ever aching heart
It changed all my doubts
And cleared away those clouds
And broke my fears and made them all depart

A red bouquet
Is a statement made
Of love that’s meant to come

How our love has stayed this time
Through ill winds and storms
How the scent of life endures
Forever tempting charms

A red bouquet for the whole world will stay
A lasting taste of love that’s yet to come
So give up all your heart
so you can make a start
And buy a red bouquet ,
for your love today
Track Name: Waves
So far, across the sea
my eyes watch waves glistening
Out there below the clouds 
I feel you come to me

There comes a time
when every single line
of your smile, while I wait,
travels miles across the waves to me...

Our bodies caught each ray
of sun beneath the limbs
The pines that made our bed
while the bough was moving

As you declared all your love to me
by the sea, you and me,
All the world was ours to keep

As the seasons , ride the tide
to take you far away
I try to find within my mind
where we made love beneath the sky

We were like the falling raindrops
softly on the sea
We stole each wave that came to us
and changed it into angel dust

Wave, each precious wave
will fade away, like morning dew
My heart will surely break apart, each day that I'm away from you
But I'll repeat the scenes
to find some reason why you went away
the moon's become my secret friend
So I can find our love again

As the seasons , ride the tide
to take you far away
I try to find within my mind
where we made love beneath the sky

We were like the falling raindrops
softly on the sea
We stole each wave that came to us
and changed it into angel dust

Waves, each precious wave,
those waves...

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