Reviews

…her infectious gifts as an abundantly creative jazz pianist-composer-arranger points out her distinctive identity among the huge crowd of excellent pianists. Easily perceptible is her genuine, spirited exuberance for the music, the piano and the open interaction with her bandmates – a standout quality of her engagingly personal and musical personality. Impressive, too, is how her swinging joyousness articulates every note she plays. – Herb Wong


“A Song in Jazz” is a ‘must have’ for those who love improvisational music interpreted with harmonic and melodic beauty using subtle dynamics. – Lee Thomas, KCSM


A longtime faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory who also teaches privately, Poryes has released a number of albums focusing on her beautifully crafted original compositions. On the radiant “Loving Hank” she alternates between thoughtful arrangements of pop songs (Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”), bebop anthems (Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation”) and standards (Vernon Duke’s “Autumn in New York”) with lyrically charged originals like the halting and disarmingly funky ballad “Phrases of the Moon.” – Andy Gilbert


A musician you should be aware of is pianist Debbie Poryes. Her playing is confident, yet playful, thoughtful, but full of life. – Jazz Chicago


It must be assumed that pianist Debbie Poryes has named her trio album as an homage to Hank Jones, as her compositions, as well as her interprations, display a similar gentility and regality as the famed bop icon. With Peter Barshay/b and David Rokeach/dr she produces a wistful “Both Sides Now” while creating sublime colors on “Autumn in New York.” Even Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation” is relaxed and elegant, while the title track dedicated to the maestro includes the glowing horn of Erik Jekabson to create an extra prism of light. Subtle and charming. – Jazz Weekly in LA


Poryes plays with melodicism and rhythmic perfection without resorting to tired cliches. – Jazz Review


Dramatic, spacious, spirited, shimmering piano. Strong originals. – All Music Guide

 

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