Dena DeRose Live at Jazz Standard, Volume Two
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- Released: October 21, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Max Jazz Records
JazzTimes - p.88"Through it all, the sublime threesome, whose eight years of shared inspiration is constantly evident, demonstrates that there's never anything standard about their standards."
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Personnel: Dena DeRose (vocals, piano); Katsuhiko Naito (recorder); Martin Wind (bass instrument); Matt Wilson (drums, drum).
Audio Mixer: Katsuhiko Naito.
Liner Note Author: Dena DeRose.
Recording information: Jazz Standard, New York, NY.
Arranger: Dena DeRose.
Dena DeRose is one of a handful of jazz artists who is equally talented as both a vocalist and pianist. Live at Jazz Standard, Vol. 2 is drawn from the same 2007 shows as the first volume, with the capable rhythm section of bassist Martin Wind and drummer Matt Wilson (who have worked together a good bit, especially with pianist Bill Mays). Right away she sets herself apart from many vocalists by tackling the subtle ballad "The Ruby and the Pearl," delivering a heartfelt vocal with simmering piano. She adds a bit of playful scat to her jaunty performance of Benny Carter's "When Lights Are Low," while tackling Johnny Frigo's "Detour Ahead" as a breezy bossa nova. DeRose omits the piano entirely from her moving take of the bittersweet standard "I Fall in Love Too Easily," backed solely by Wind. DeRose gets a bit tickled in several places during "Laughing at Life," while her strident piano provides the perfect complement to her swinging vocal. Her sole instrumental is a lively trio setting of Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
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