Dena DeRose: Live at Jazz Standard, Vol. 2

Track List

>Ruby and the Pearl, The
>When Lights Are Low
>Detour Ahead
>I Fall in Love Too Easily
>In Your Own Sweet Way
>I Can't Escape from You
>Laughing at Life
>We'll Be Together Again

Album Reviews:

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."

Album Notes

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 Light 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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