Philadelphia singer Denise King sent a copy of her new release, "Simply Mellow". This is "straight ahead, no nonsense jazz" performed by a mature vocalist in the tradition of Sarah Vaughan. Denise is accompanied by the outstanding young pianist Orrin Evans and small groups including Sam Newsome, Sam Reed, J.D. Allen; saxophones, David Ephross, Lee Smith; bass, and the fine drummer, Rodney Green. Four tunes feature the beautiful guitar of David Cullen. The songs are all standards including Send in the Clowns, Our Day Will Come, If I Should Lose You, East of the Sun, Caravan, and others including Jobim's "Wave" and "Dindi".
Denise and the group lend truth to the old legend that "good taste is a timeless thing". Her version of Miss Otis Regrets will bring a tear to the eyes of those who love this old tune as much as I do. The singer is sincere, swinging and shares her space with every member of the group. They are very "together" and not at all lacking in humor which is so evident on "Just Friends" and the Muddy Waters classic "Got My Mojo Working". I love this record and wish Denise and her group every success.