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)
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