Renee Rosnes – With a Little Help from my Friends

Renee Rosnes - With a Little Help from my FriendsRenee Rosnes
With a Little Help from my Friends
(Blue Note – 2001)
  by Dick Bogle

Pianist Renee Rosnes has become one of the world’s major voices on her instrument during the past 10 years. One thing anyone fortunate enough to witness a Rosnes performance is bound to notice is how intently she listens to a soloist as she accompanies. That translates into the kind of sensitive accompaniment soloists crave. No wonder she has so many “friends” who appear here with her.

The list is long and impressive. Tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf simply glides through “The Sounds Around The House” with her backing. She also contributes a thoughtful improvisation.Under the heading of jazz fantasy is the pairing of Rosnes with the magnificent Dianne Reeves on “Lazy Afternoon.” Each reaches her usual high level.

Tenorist Branford Marsalis and Rosnes play Thelonious Monk and Charlie Rouse on “Bright Mississippi.”Other performers are Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Drummond, Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Chris Potter and even more.

Reprinted with kind permission of The Skanner.