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Debbie Poryes: Catch Your Breath

Read "Catch Your Breath" reviewed by John Barron

Recording a disc half-filled with overdone standards should require, at minimum, an attempt at dissection and redirection, investigating any harmonic and rhythmic possibilities left over after decades of use. Such is the case with the release of Catch Your Breath, from San Francisco Bay-area pianist Debbie Poryes. Poryes' approach to arranging involves sophistication with warmth and open-ended possibilities. As a result, Amercan songbook gems like “I've Got the Sun in the Morning" and “My Heart Stood Still" sound fresh and ...

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Debbie Poryes Trio: A Song in Jazz

Read "A Song in Jazz" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The release of Debbie Poryes' A Song In Jazz is quite an impressive one for the California pianist. In listening to these tunes mostly from the Great American Songbook, namely the opening showtune, “A Wonderful Guy" from the Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific and the last track, the vastly popular hit “People" from Jule Styne's Funny Girl , one can't help wonder just how the Bill Evans Trio might have handled these compositions. Notice that I said the Evans trio, ...

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Debbie Poryes: A Song in Jazz

Read "A Song in Jazz" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The notes ring out, and then they're gone, vibrations waning away to silence. Pianist Debbie Poryes--who has taught at the Berkeley Jazzschool in Northern California since 2000; who taught in The Netherlands for the better part of the 1980s; who worked her first regular gig playing five nights a week, from five until midnight, for a year at Martino's restaurant in Berkeley--has surely played a million notes; very few of them recorded for posterity, sadly.A Song in Jazz ...


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