Down Beat - p.723 stars out of 5
- "DeRose is a first-class pianist....With spot-on pitch and articulation, she crafts inventive investigations of famous and obscure corners of the American Songbook."
JazzTimes - p.106
"A consistently imaginative and intelligent performer who seems to spend all of her professional time stationed at the crossroads of class and creativity..."
Personnel: Dena DeRose (vocals, piano, Moog synthesizer); Dena DeRose; Martin Wind (bass instrument); Matt Wilson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Katsuhiko Naito.
Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (09/25/2004-09/26/2004).
Photographers: Dena Katz; Jimmy Katz.
Equally talented as a pianist and singer, Dena DeRose performs a wide range of material on A Walk in the Park. Possibly the biggest surprise is the obscure and touching Al Jolson ballad "All My Love." Other highlights include a swinging "How Deep Is the Ocean," her revival of Duke Ellington's obscure "The Lonely Ones," and a fine rendition of "I Concentrate On You." A couple burners would have added variety to this generally satisfying effort, which finds Dena DeRose in subtle but expressive form while accompanied by tasteful playing from bassist Martin Wind and drummer Matt Wilson. ~ Scott Yanow