Dena Derose



Travelin' Light

Why is it, I ask, that I often find "singers who play" to be real-deal jazz singers? I don't know why that should be true, but Shirley Horn, Kristin Korb, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Patti Wicks and many others would affirm that. This is Derose's initial solo effort, and it really works well. If anything, I think she just keeps getting better as her career continues to unfold. Recorded live at an Antwerp, Belgium club cleverly called The Chromatic Attic, Derose has the complete attention of the crowd, as well she should. And how can you argue with her studied choice of material? To name a few: "Nice And Easy," "S Wonderful," "East Of The Sun," "Travelin' Light," "I'm Old Fashioned," and two rarities which are longtime personal faves -- "Why Did I Choose You" can give you the ol' lump in the throat, and "How Little We Know" is an often-overlooked Hoagy Carmichael gem. Derose, from all aspects, is a jazz singer. Check out her phrasing, her subtle little turns of melody lines, her natural, intelligent "switches" of tempo, and, by the way, she's a heck of a piano player as well. In jazz, we call it "chops," right? And Derose has chops!

- Jazzscene -- Oregon's Jazz Magazine. October 2012

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