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Format: CD
Sku: 212358925
UPC: 780941139327
UPC 14: 00780941139327
Release Date: 10/13/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. If I Only Had a Brain ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
2. Piano Nocturne #6 Op. 9 No. 22 ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
3. Virgo ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
4. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
5. My Favorite Things ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
6. I Could Have Danced All Night/I Won't Dance ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
7. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
8. I'm Walkin' ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
9. Never Never Land ~ The Diva Jazz Trio
10. Love for Sale ~ The Diva Jazz Trio

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Sherrie Maricle (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Michael Steinman.
Muze PNote The rhythm section for the Diva Jazz Trio has recorded in the piano-bass-drums trio format only for this recording, and it is an occasion long overdue. Drummer Sherrie Maricle teams with Japanese nationals in pianist Tomoko Ohno and bassist Noriko Ueda, showcasing their formidable talents in a fashion that, in many ways, is buried underneath the horn-laden power of the full-blown jazz orchestra. It turns out that Ohno is not just a fine player, but quite extraordinary, her talent brimming with the vim and vigor that suggest the virtuosity of Oscar Peterson. Ueda's playing is sensitive for sure, but perfectly in tune with Ohno's modal notions when they play rich, resonant basslines together, and she can swing with the best of them. Maricle's work with brushes is emphasized on many of these selections, taking somewhat of a backseat, but in a supportive role where the spotlight can rest firmly on the pianist and bassist. Standards reign supreme, starting with a reimagined version of the Wizard of Oz theme "If I Only Had a Brain," a bop-quick take recalling Peterson or perhaps Erroll Garner, with a fabulous bass solo in the bridge. There's the show tune "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" done in a pedantic, tick-tock beat, the light bossa nova modification on the title selection, and the contradictory ballroom combo tune "I Could Have Danced All Night/I Won't Dance" in a midtempo, chit-chat framework. A Brazilian flavor dominates Chopin's "Piano Nocturne #6, Opus 09, No. 2," the band introduces John Coltrane's idiomatic interpretation of "My Favorite Things" starting in chamber mode before swinging the waltz, and the Fats Domino R&B hit "I'm Walkin'" is done in a witty groove-biscuit shuffle, all nice change-ups. Most surprising is Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," done in 7/4 time before merging to bop and another shuffle. The DJT plays music that is clever and witty, but not all that complicated, intelligent without being stoic, and pleasing while avoiding clich?s and sappiness. It's an attractive combination of musical sights, sounds, and minds merging over commonalities that can be universally enjoyed by all mainstream jazz listeners. ~ Michael G. Nastos

Producer: Sherrie Maricle

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/28/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ARCD 19393
Music Label Name Label : Arbors
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00780941139327

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (p.53)
- "The group establishes its approach immediately in a rapid-tempo reading of Harold Arlen's 'If I Only Had a Brain,' which is more assertive than this tune is usually played..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Diva Jazz Trio
Product attributeLabel:   Arbors Records/arbors Jazz
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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