DENA DEROSE: THE BUZZ
With her tenth album, Travelin' Light (MaxJazz - 507), vocalist/pianist DENA DeROSE has moved away from her normal trio format to produce a recording solely of her voice and piano. It is an effective change. Her phrasing is even jazzier than on previous outings, and her jazz chops at the piano constantly shine. DeRose performs a program of 13 tunes that mixes more frequently heard standards like "'S Wonderful," "East of the Sun," and "I'm Old Fashioned" with some jazz songs with words added, including "Blue in Green" (Bill Evans and Miles Davis/Meredith D'Ambrosio, "Twilight World" (Marian McPartland/Johnny Mercer) and "We Will Meet Again" (Bill Evans/Karen Gallinger), and seven other songs, all familiar, but none overdone. DeRose is a sensitive singer and pianist who pays close attention to lyrics, conveying each of them with feeling and understanding. Once again, DeRose has shown herself to be among the select vocalists on the jazz scene.
- Joseph Lang -- Jersey Jazz. March 2013