Plays Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn Live
Brooklyn-born pianist Gene DiNovi has been considered a legend of the Canadian jazz scene for the last three decades. In the past ten years, his fame has increasingly grown in Japan and Europe. This CD at last captured his annual Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn celebration in late April with equally legendary bassist Dave Young. Although DiNovi has been recording since 1945 as sideman to such jazz giants as Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, and Buddy DeFranco, he has been best known as Lena Horne's accompanist (also recorded with Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Carmen McRae) in the U.S. This, his 15th album as a leader (or co-leader) is dedicated to Lena Horne.