Joe DeRenzo: She's a Woman


She's a Woman


Joe DeRenzo (drums)


Step Inside Love A Jazzy Tribute to the Beatles (ESC 03719-2)

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Joe DeRenzo (drums),

Glen Berger (sax), Brian Hughes (guitar), Tom Zink (piano), Kevin Axt (bass), Richie Gajate-Garcia (percussion)


Composed by Lennon/McCartney


Recorded: Long Beach, CA, January-October 2006


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This performance included on the ESC collection Step Inside Love A Jazzy Tribute to the Beatles first appeared on drummer Joe DeRenzo's fine album Core Beliefs. DeRenzo was out of the music business for quite a spell before he decided to reenter it a few years ago. After stints as an actor and photographer, he returned to his first love with a passion. Along with longtime collaborator pianist Tom Zinc, he interprets "She's a Woman" in the '60s mode of Ramsey Lewis. The tune begins with a group-inclusive vamp before it introduces Zink's Lewis-ish take on the melody. During his solo, Zink gets into the tune deeper than Lewis would have, without ever losing the vibe. Saxophonist Berger is also a standout, his solo being a particular highlight here. Throughout, the rhythm unit keeps things moving along jauntily. This is fun jazz. It is good to have Joe DeRenzo back in the fold.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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