William Donati

Something Different

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This LP, a reissue of a set originally on the defunct Tampa label, could have been titled Something Obscure. William Donati was a classically-trained pianist who for the date chose to interpret five superior standards plus his own "Firefly" in a trio with cellist Fred Katz and bassist Carson Smith (whose identities are not even listed on the record). The music is thoughtful, well-played and sometimes a bit dry but generally interesting. Donati, who has not been heard from in a jazz context since, is at his best on the ballads including "Yesterdays" and "My Funny Valentine" and has developed his own unusual approach to interpreting jazz. A historical curiosity.