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July/August 2005

Roz Corral
Telling Tales
Blujazz

With a voice as cozy as a goose-down duvet and as clear and sparkling as spring water, Roz Corral is that rare sort of jazz singer who makes it all seem deceptively easy. Obviously influenced by Carmen McRae, Corral traverses 11 well-chosen standards with the panache of a born storyteller, investing the likes of Sondheim's "Anyone Can Whistle," Mercer's "Something's Gotta Give" and Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings" (a particular standout) with unfailing charisma.

Given the impeccable quality of her musicianship, it is no wonder Corral was able to corral a bounty of top players for her recording debut. Indeed, it's hard to imagine a recording neophyte (though, refreshingly, no youngster) in better company than pianist Bruce Barth (who doubles as Corral's coproducer), bassist Larry Grenadier, reedman Steve Wilson, guitarist John Hart, trombonist Steve Davis and drummer Jeff Ballard. Nor is it any wonder that authorities no less than Fred Hersch and Mark Murphy have dubbed her, respectively, "the real deal" who "always goes to the heart of a song."

Originally published in July/August 2005
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