Roz Corral’s debut recording is a pick-me-up CD filled with lyrical tunes well-handled. Corral shows up as a charming new presence in the cd market, and Telling Tales is an apt name. According to Merriam Webster, telling means: carrying great weight and producing a marked effect: effective, expressive. And so she is. Roz Corral brings a light-handed honesty and emotional depth to her collection of American Songbook tunes. While the songs are familiar, her sprightly interpretations dance over our old notions of how they should be sung. Thus, leaving us feeling as refreshed as after an icy lemonade on a hot day with a little bite of jitterbug in "Let’s Face the Music and Dance" and a crescent moon of mystery in "Out of This World."
Each of the eleven selections from "Too Close for Comfort" to "Something’s Gotta Give" is satisfying and fun to hear. Roz Corral’s joy in singing and sharing her song rings through each number in the collection. If that weren’t enough, she has drawn together a sterling group of musicians to play with in both senses of the word. Bruce Barth on piano complements with stylish duets. Larry Grenadier keeps things moving with a vibrant bass. John Hart’s sparkling guitar work, Steve Wilson clarinet and alto sax, Steve Davis’s trombone, and Jeff Ballard’s drums all work together to create a cheerful collection guaranteed to chase away the blues. Roz Corral clearly is a seasoned professional. As a first CD, Telling Tales promises great things to come from this talented, authentic singer.