Dena Derose



The Nearness Of Two

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There Is No Greater Love / Corcovado / How Deep Is The Ocean / In The Glow Of The Moon / I'm Old Fashioned / Imagine / Straight, No Chaser / The Nearness Of You / Joy Spring.
Marvin Stamm (tr., flic.), Dena DeRose (p., voc.).

Prior to this concert at the Summer Jazz Festival, the two had never met, but - based on some jazz classics (apart lennoniana Imagine that to be rescued from his scipitezza would need a much more radical treatment than is here riservatole ) well known to both - they seem to have always played together, as happens all the time when we come to two masters of jazz.

The scope of interpretation remains conventional, without breaking (not overdoing it), however, putting on display wealth and singularity of expression technique: Dena DeRose (who started singing because his career seemed finished as a pianist for an arthritic disease in his right hand, by which is then cured) sings with perfect pitch and feeling good and plays smoothly with accurate, Stamm (boasting a brilliant career in big band, having been part of, among others, those of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Duke Pearson, Frank Sinatra, John Lewis, Bob Mintzer, George Gruntz and Maria Schneider) has total mastery of the instrument, and this has a voice warm and round flowing melodic lines very clearly articulated and spoken with perfect diction.

Gianolio Gianolio, November 2008
(translated from the original Italian)

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