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Denny Jiosa: Body 2 Body

One of smooth-jazz’s most accomplished guitarists, Denny Jiosa possesses a strong sense of melody and remarkable dexterity, both of which are amply in evidence on Body2Body (1201). Jiosa has a way of articulating a melody without unnecessary flash, as on the graceful “Il Dulce Per Due (Dessert for Two),” the romantic “You’re Like Chocolate to Me” and “Peace in Manhattan,” a tribute to the victims of 9/11, which he infuses with a quietly expressive lyricism that’s accented by poignant flugelhorn.

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