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KJ Denhert


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

"Urban folk," jazz, and mainstream pop

Status:

Most recent release, Destiny (2014)

See also:

KJ Denhert's site

Comparisons:

Joan Armatrading, Diana Krall

Covers/own material:

Mostly covers, some co-writing

General comments:

KJ Denhert makes soft yet urgent music with lovely vocals. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Album No. 9 is the first we've heard

Recordings include:

  • Looking Forward Looking Back (1999)
  • Live (2001)
  • Girl Like Me (2003)
  • Another Year Gone By, Live (2005)
  • Lucky 7 (2008)
  • Album No. 9 (2010)
  • Destiny (2014)

Album No. 9

Release info:

2010—Motéma Music—MTM-47

Availability:

See KJ Denhert's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

KJ Denhert—vocals, guitars, backing vocals

Guest artists:

Etienne Stadwyjk—piano, keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 7)
Fouçois Moutin—acoustic bass (1, 2, 3, 4)
Mamadou Ba—electric bass (5, 6, 7)
Aaron Heick—saxophones (5, 6, 7)
Ray Levier—drums (5, 6, 7)
Manu Koch—piano, keyboards (5, 6)
Koko ones—percussion (5, 6, 7)
Ralph Farriss—viola (8)
Dorothy Lawon—cello (8)
Clifford Carter—string arrangement (8)

Produced by:

KJ Denhert and Hal Winer

Comments:

KJ Denhert has made an album of mostly covers sound very personal indeed. Her warm vocals and guitar playing keeps a steady profile throughout. She brings real class to the oft-covered "Alfie" and "Pennies from heaven." Her velvety vocals are a treat on any song. "Let it go" is one of her original songs, and it's mellow and jazzy and very pleasant. An unexpected cover of "Smoke on the water"nonetheless works just fine. It's a confident, jazzy reading that really swings in a cool fashion. It's an exceptional and pleasant album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to stjarnell@yahoo.com for work on this entry.

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