Dena DeRose: I Can See Clearly Now
When DeRose approaches a standard, it’s either with old-school fidelity ("Day In, Day Out," "The Touch of Your Lips") or a hip, modern edge ("Alone Together"). Her closing vocal/vibes duo with Joe Locke on "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" is a treat, and her choice of Edith Piaf’s "If You Love Me" is off the beaten track. On piano DeRose displays refined skills as a rhythm section member and has an engaging, understated solo style. "I’ve Never Been in Love Before" and "The Touch of Your Lips" both find DeRose scatting along with her piano lines. Of course, lots of players mumble along with what they’re playing, but this is the sound of a real vocalist improvising, and the effect is very pretty, not to mention totally distinctive.
Track Listing: 1. If I Should Lose You 2. Detour Ahead 3. I
Personnel: Dena DeRose, piano, vocals; Joe Locke, vibes (2, 4, 5, 10); Joel Frahm, tenor sax (4, 6), soprano sax (5); Jim Rotondi, trumpet (4, 9); Dwayne Burno, bass, electric bass; Mark Taylor, drums (6,8); Matt Wilson, drums (except 6, 8)
Record Label: Sharp Nine Records