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Renee Rosnes: With A Little Help From My Friends

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While her compilation spans nearly eleven years and includes various musical companions, Renee Rosnes seldom veers from her established sound. The pianist's timeless formula centers on her crisp improvising technique. Not one to make jokes or approach a situation lightly, Rosnes applies a determined effort for every tune – straight from the heart and powerful. Her modern mainstream aura has enabled the pianist to wax creatively in the company of quite a few standout artists. With Chris Potter, she's on fire, trading the lead and encouraging a woven conversation. With Branford Marsalis and Joe Henderson, she's at home and comfortable. Wayne Shorter seems to encourage exploration and adventure. Strings are added to "I've Got You Under My Skin" and play an integral role in its lush presentation. Several previously unreleased tracks represent alternate takes.

The title track, an alternate take, stands out as the album's lyrical high point. Working with Billy Drummond and Scott Colley, Rosnes seems quite at ease and ready to share her feelings with the world. A soulful blues hue colors her lyrical play. The Beatles may affect a lot of folks that way, and there's no arguing the fact that those Lennon-McCartney songs leave a lasting impression. Renee Rosnes, too, leaves a lasting impression with her representative mainstream sound and her winning circle of friends.

Title: With A Little Help From My Friends | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: 143 Records

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