intimate jazz vocal experimentation Danielle Wertz & Tal Cohen – INTERTWINED: Many of the jazz vocalist I listen to for review here have no idea about getting truly intimate with the listener, but Danielle has a talent like few others in this arena, and when you combine that with Tal’s wonderfully sensitive piano/keyboard work, you have a jazz experience that will continue to draw you back… that’s especially accurate on tunes like Tal’s original composition “Chopin Meets Abach“… Danielle just “wraps” her vocal around the powerful chords Tal plays for her, and the result is real, raw power!
Their interpretation of “Autumn Leaves” is simple, yet full of vibrant life energy… a part of that is because this track also features very sensitive tenor saxophone by Jamie Oehlers… I’m reminded of some of Stan Getz’s early work as I listen to Jamie’s superb reeds, all tightly integrated with the performance from Danielle and Tal… a superb song that you will find yourself playing over and over again, as did I!
The album only clocks in at 36:28, and I usually prefer albums that are 40 minutes or more, so on the next round it would be nice to have a couple more songs added… this minor criticism is totally made up for by my personal favorite of the eight songs offered up, the opener, “Beautiful Love“, which again features Jamie on sax… what really cinches this performance as one of the truly great ones is the pacing from all three players… that’s a key element, to be sure… they easily wrap you up in their magic by using the “spaces between notes”, as I like to call them, to make the song feel longer than it actually is. I give Danielle and Tal a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97 for this package of sonic pleasure. Get more information on Danielle’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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