Dena Derose


Review From Midwest Record Recap

Live at Jazz Standard, Vol. I

Ah, a blonde piano player singing a bunch of classics, with Matt Wilson in the background keeping time. Whether you've fallen under DeRose's charms or not yet, the Wilson time stamp should be enough to pique your interest. DeRose doesn't disappoint if you're a newbie. She brings a personal touch to the classics she chooses, many of which haven't been beaten to death in this form. Kicking off with "Speak Low", there's still a lot of mileage to be pulled from the classics in the right hands. A tasty live set that has the right in the moment feel that you want jazz in a club to have. Snappy stuff that'll be a fave with jazz vocal fans.

- Chris Spector

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