DENA DEROSE

Live at Jazz Stan­dard Vol 1 MaxJazz

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Singer/pi­anist DeRose is nei­ther an in­no­va­tor nor a markedly in­di­vid­ual per­former in ei­ther of her in­car­na­tions; she’s just very good at what she does: stan­dards, with the odd orig­i­nal thrown in. DeRose can also blow away most other pi­ano play­ers, and her trio, with the mas­ter­ful drum­mer Matt Wil­son, gy­rat­ing round the solid core of Martin Wind’s bass, is im­pres­sively tight. Con­stantly driven by Wil­son, DeRose’s pi­ano so­los have an in­ven­tive, spur-ofthe-mo­ment feel, even when she does her trade­mark uni­son vo­cal/pi­ano lines. And, on a very con­sis­tent album, she swings com­pul­sively, as the groov­ing It Could Hap­pen to You and Green Dol­phin Street ebul­liently prove. A bonus is tenor sax­o­phon­ist Joel Frahm’s dis­tinc­tive, Joe Lo­vano-like pres­ence on I Fall in Love Too Eas­ily. Ei­ther way, DeRose is the real deal for afi­ciona­dos of this kind of jazz. www.maxjazz.com

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