Never Never Land

Never Never Land

by The Diva Jazz Trio


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The rhythm section for the Diva Jazz Trio has recorded in the piano-bass-drums trio format only for this recording, and it is an occasion long overdue. Drummer Sherrie Maricle teams with Japanese nationals in pianist Tomoko Ohno and bassist Noriko Ueda, showcasing their formidable talents in a fashion that, in many ways, is buried underneath the horn-laden power of the full-blown jazz orchestra. It turns out that Ohno is not just a fine player, but quite extraordinary, her talent brimming with the vim and vigor that suggest the virtuosity of Oscar Peterson. Ueda's playing is sensitive for sure, but perfectly in tune with Ohno's modal notions when they play rich, resonant basslines together, and she can swing with the best of them. Maricle's work with brushes is emphasized on many of these selections, taking somewhat of a backseat, but in a supportive role where the spotlight can rest firmly on the pianist and bassist. Standards reign supreme, starting with a reimagined version of the Wizard of Oz theme "If I Only Had a Brain," a bop-quick take recalling Peterson or perhaps Erroll Garner, with a fabulous bass solo in the bridge. There's the show tune "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" done in a pedantic, tick-tock beat, the light bossa nova modification on the title selection, and the contradictory ballroom combo tune "I Could Have Danced All Night/I Won't Dance" in a midtempo, chit-chat framework. A Brazilian flavor dominates Chopin's "Piano Nocturne #6, Opus 09, No. 2," the band introduces John Coltrane's idiomatic interpretation of "My Favorite Things" starting in chamber mode before swinging the waltz, and the Fats Domino R&B hit "I'm Walkin'" is done in a witty groove-biscuit shuffle, all nice change-ups. Most surprising is Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," done in 7/4 time before merging to bop and another shuffle. The DJT plays music that is clever and witty, but not all that complicated, intelligent without being stoic, and pleasing while avoiding clichés and sappiness. It's an attractive combination of musical sights, sounds, and minds merging over commonalities that can be universally enjoyed by all mainstream jazz listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941139327
catalogNumber: 19393
Rank: 86650

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diva Jazz Trio   Primary Artist
Sherrie Maricle   Drums
Noriko Ueda   Bass

Technical Credits

Horace Silver   Composer
Sherrie Maricle   Producer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Michael Steinman   Liner Notes

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