Exuberance: Jersey Beat [November 2011]
The JOE DENINZON TRIO takes an interesting look at the term “standard” on their “Exuberance” (joedeninzon.com). Along with a number of original jazz compositions by the trio – Joe’s nine-string violin accompanied by Steve Benson on guitar and the recently late Bob Bowen on bass – they take music from the near and relatively far past, and put it through a progressive jazz filter. Sure, one might expect it of tunes like Fat’s Waller’s “Jitterbug (Used To Be A)” or even Chopin’s “Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 No. 2,” but they move it significantly further with Steely Dan’s “Bodhissatva,” Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Linemen” (perhaps the one piece that strains the most), Alice in Chains’ “Heaven Beside You,” and even Radiohead’s “The Tourist.” And these guys make it all work so you may not even realize that this isn’t the original genre for those tunes. The one vocal is by guest Luba, whose silky smooth voice slides comfortably over an original, “Sun Goes Down.” Over an hour of cool jazz.