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Donna Deussen / Press

““In the eleven years since her debut album Donna Deussen has went from a great jazz vocalist to an outstanding one. Pairing with The Paul Weitz Trio was a good fit. And the guest soloists definitely added to an already great listening experience.””

Bruce Von Stiers - BVSReviews.com

““The first thing that caught my attention was Donna’s amazing voice; it’s smooth as silk and sexy as hell… though I have no chance at hitting those notes, I find myself singing, trying to imitate Deussen in the privacy of my own home; well, there’s always my next lifetime. The musicianship is top notch and Weitz’s guitar work is fluid, skilled and unpretentious… The bass line on “Do Wrong Shoes” and the smooth jazz guitar coupled with extraordinary vocals is completely seductive… I always know new music strikes a chord with me when I can envision listening to it on a hot summer day cruising the coastline in a convertible as I do with this one; but I can also envision orchestrating the perfect intimate candlelight dinner for two with this as the backdrop. “On the Street Where You Live” from Donna Deussen & the Paul Weitz Trio will fit in quite nicely to your music collection.””

Pam Baumgardner - VenturaRocks.com

““Surprise embraces, then violates the familiar. Without the second, the first has no reference point. Donna Deussen‘s jazzy, sea-breeze voice finds a bubbling equilibrium between the two here, unmasking the unexpected ballad hiding inside the kindergarten cadences of “If I Only Had a Brain,” and a swift effervescence you’d never expect “On the Street Where you Live.” Her scat interludes fizz with the assurance of a lady who knows her Ella inside out. Geoff Nudell and Wayne Wayne provide sparkling instrumental ballast.””

John McDonough - (writer for Downbeat Magazine)

““California Dreaming” gives Donna Deussen an opportunity to display her range, power and improvising skills (she fearlessly trades off with Wayne). The menacing strut “Do Wrong Shoes” is succeeded by an uptempo “On The Street Where You Live” which starts off as an unaccompanied vocal, gets hotter as it goes, and has an inspired arrangement that keeps one guessing. On this selection as throughout the set, it is clear that the musicians are having a great time, coming up with fresh ways to play familiar songs. This is a highly enjoyable and recommended CD."”

Scott Yanow - L.A. Jazz Scene

““Donna Deussen has a warmer than Tierney Sutton tone to her voice, and teams it up well with guitarist Paul Weitz and his cast of Matt VanBenschoten (bass) and Gus Duffy (drums). She does some clever things with 60’s pop tunes like “California Dreamin’” and “Both Sides Now” giving a bit of flair to the folk tunes. Geoff Nudell adds some flute to the latter, while his clarinet makes the cozy take of “Fly Me to the Moon” quite alluring. Deussen sounds assured on the intimate take of “The Very Thought of You” and gets a bit spry with Duffy who shifts gears like a Ghia during “On the Street Where You Live.” Her tone can exude confidence and sass during a strutting “Sister Sadie” which features a gleam in Deussen’s eye. Fun and inviting session.””

George Harris - JazzWeekly.com

““…In a highly competitive field, Donna Deussen is deserving of much more attention than she has been given. Her time has come… “California Dreaming" opens the disc with a gentle jolt that is not fully realized until Deussen shows off her scat chops and duels with saxophonist Wayne Wayne. Deussen's scat singing is full-throttle. She scats as naturally as she sings…The after-hours thrill of Donald Fagen's terminally hip "Do Wrong Shoes" is accentuated by bassist Matt VanBenschoten's walking tempo seasoned with guitarist Paul Weitz's too-cool stylings… Weitz's crack trio combines with Deussen's voice is like a perfect fall pie crust, rich and comfortable… A spare and humid coupling of "Black Coffee" with "Night in Tunisia" highlights the recording with the most inventive of arrangements… On the Street Where You Live is beautifully completed and realized. Very good show, here!””

C. Michael Bailey - All About Jazz

"Surrounding herself with an air-tight rhythm section, Donna Deussen confirms that she is a sweet-toned delight that has an articulated and well timed delivery…she uses her incredible skills to put an extra pizzazz into a varied collection of jazz standards."

George Harris - All About Jazz

"Donna Deussen ... is a talented singer with an attractive voice... [she] excels on such material as Chick Corea's "High Wire" and Joni Mitchell's "River," singing lyrics with sensitivity and honest feeling... High Wire will be enjoyed by fans of warm jazz-inspired vocals."

Scott Yanow - L.A. Jazz Scene

“[regarding Donna Deussen’s cover of “River“]: “Another excellent jazz version, besides her stunning vocal, the track features lovely and creative piano accompaniment and a wonderful acoustic bass anchoring the rhythm. Sweet.””

JMDL Digest

““…The album's highlight is 'Never Will I Marry' when she shows her spontaneous energy and ability for dramatizing the lyrics in this wonderful jazz classic. "Nature Boy' shows her creativity in an arrangement which oozes class throughout.””

Wes Gillespie - EuroClubdeJazz.com