Rick DellaRatta *
René Hart * Denis Charles
Inside a Daydream
It or Leave It
You'll Be Mine
Spoken Intro to Sleepy Time
It's Sleepy Time Down South
one of the most satisfying recent CDs. The compositions are
good; the solo work is fine, and the trio performs with vigor
and taste. Over and over throughout the two record set of
1-1/2 hours of music, DellaRatta's extraordinary musicianship
makes itself felt. There are several excellent originals
included in this collection by DellaRatta such as Living
Inside a Daydream, 7th Heaven and Little
Song which by-the-way, he also sings, DellaRatta is a
pianist with minds of his own, a fine touch, a very musical
sound, and a technique to spare (but used with discretion). He
also has a style and doesn't make a pastiche or melange of
what he's heard others do. His time is good, too, and he has a
refreshing way of voicing chords. In any event, the eleven
compositions serve as an excellent vehicle for DellaRatta's
proving, ever-inventive mind; his improvisations reveal a
fertile, witty restless imagination at work-one that is
apparently never at a loss for ideas. His ideas rush forth
with as great speed as taste and inventiveness. As for Rene
Hart and Denis Charles, they are able assistants. My picks
from Stella Records releases are: Little Song, Black Orpheus,
Moon and Sand, and When It's Sleepy Time Down South."
Monterey County Post, Carmel, CA
March 18, 1999
Reviewd by Johnny Adams
heard anything quite like Rick DellaRatta and group. They are
versatile and it was a great idea to record live in two very
different locations. I hope this gets out to the large audience
it deserves. I think they've found a wonderful way to bridge the
gap of generations of listeners."
-FM Texarcana, Texas
may be the next big thing in jazz!"
Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
youthful sounding vocals, energized keyboard skills and prowess
as a composer!"
perfect blend of vocal and instrumental jazz."
of a young Chick Corea."
understanding and control of the Shorter-Hancock style."
Cadence June, 1999
DellaRatta is one of the smoothest and most engaging pianists on
the jazz scene today. Not only that, but he is a vocalist with a
great power to thrill and move the listener, with some of the
fragile delicacy that Chet Baker had in his youth, but with a
greater sense of assurance. Pianistically he is unflaggingly
lyrical and always inventive, with numerous subtle harmonic
touches that both surprise and delight..." "...with
supreme confidence and an almost casual insouciance,
DellaRatta's vocals create a genial atmosphere and his piano
playing subtly scales pyrotechnical heights..."
Spencer - allabout jazz.com
"Unsung Jazz Heroes"