An eclectic singer with three previous jazz albums, Denise Jannah has performed with such widely disparate organizations as the Willem Breuker Collective, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Dutch Metropole Orchestra and starred in major productions of A Night At The Cotton Club and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Her attractive voice and crystal-clear delivery bring standards into instant focus while offering spirit and soul with distinction.
Supported by a veteran piano trio, Jannah toys with the beat. She never loses control, but moves in and out of time with the band again and again. Her four compositions reveal a penchant for employing meters as tools for driving home desired themes. Jannah’s waltz, "If Only," sweeps along easily with pleasant thoughts of what the future may hold, while "Wide Awake" swings to a steady 4/4 beat of sober tradition. "The Madness of our Love," in 5/4 time, flows seamlessly with grace, while "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" surprises with an unusual 7/4 meter. Bassist Ira Coleman gives away the riffed secret, as drummer Carl Allen tempers with crisp, percussive logic. Up-tempo and with Brazilian overtones, the arrangement serves to showcase Jannah’s scat singing alongside her lyric delivery. Caressing the lyric of "’Round Midnight," she tells a convincing story. Elsewhere, with other familiar standards, Denise Jannah treats each song with respect while interpreting lyrics and making sure that her audience will remember the enjoyable session.
Dearly Beloved; Wide Awake;
Denise Jannah- vocals; Bert van den Brink- piano; Ira Coleman- bass; Carl Allen- drums; Khalil Bell- shaker on "Le Sourire de mon Amour."
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