Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Joe Deninzon Trio

Exuberance

(Fiddle Funk; US: 2 Mar 2010; UK: Import)

Joe Deninzon Trio: Exuberance

Joe Deninzon has made a name for himself by defying expectations. The Russian-born fiddler has jazz and classical chops, but he’s equally adept at ass-shakin’ rock, funk, and straight-ahead pop. Joined here by guitarist Steve Benson and bassist Bob Bowen (who has since passed away), Deninzon finds unexpected nuances in the Alice in Chains classic “Heaven Beside You”, Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva” and Radiohead’s “The Tourist”, rendering them with the same care and adeptness as Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug (Used To Be A) Waltz” and Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages”. Deninzon also revisits one of his older tunes, “Sun Goes Down”, sung here by Luba, and Bowen contributes the titular piece (“Exuberance, in the Face of Utter Anguish and Despair”), two of the record’s most exhilarating moments. In the end, Exuberance serves as a refreshing and unpretentious bridge between jazz, classical, rock, and pop built by three musicians who seem capable of just about anything.

Rating:

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


Media
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
PopMatters' LUCY Giveaway! in PopMatters's Hangs on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.