Dena Derose


Here's yet another first class live recording from pianist/singer Dena Derose. This time she's at Antwerp, Belgium offering a stunning 13-song program. The suitably upbeat "Nice And Easy" (Bergman's/Spence) gets things really moving. Her female take here following Sinatra's familiar one is especially groovy. Bravo, Deena! "S'Wonderful" (Gershwins) never sounded so sedate. Dena accents each word and never throwing anything away. Instead of scatting she wordlessly sings humming along to her piano playing midway. The sound is original and mesmerizing. The oldie "Two Different Worlds" (Frisch/Wayne) has tenderness written all over it. Ms. Derose caresses each word while holding some of the longest notes for sheer delight. "Portrait In Black And White" (Jobim/deHollanda/Shore) is magically spellbinding. "How Little We Know" (Carmichael/Mercer) has a delightful swing. It's yet another Sinatra updated song with plenty of original finger snapping hipnes and bubbling over groovyness. She masterfully excels with her remarkable high notes and elongated accenting some particular words. "I'm Old Fashioned" (Mercer/Kern) receives a swing here -- quite in fashion. She has a nice bop duet with her piano playing throughout. The sound is almost similar to the Dame Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth unison singing. Dena, on the other hand, singularly presents her extraordinary musical sound. Both are nationally known creative musical artists.

- Dan Singer -- Singer's Singers. March 2013

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