on the street where you live

Donna Deussen & The Paul Weitz Trio

THANK GOD A JAZZ SINGER FINALLY COVERED CALIFORNIA DREAMIN AND DID IT A RIGHTEOUS!!! I've been waiting for that for four decades! Donna Deussen knocks it screaming out of the ballpark. John Philips, were he still with us, would be exultant. Ah, but let's not stop at Johnny 'cause the very next cut is Steely Dan's Do Wrong Shoes, and Don Fagen's gonna go into raptures when he hears this version. Her take on Joni's Both Sides Now isn't radicalized but it's very very sweet, even to the point of multi-tracking a duet with herself, and I love it when singers do that. Deussen's version of On the Street Where You Live is OUTSTANDING (geez, I better knock off the capitalizations or the whole review is going to be nothing but!), swingin' and then some. You have not, I guaranfuckingtee, heard the hoary ol' chestnut done like this before. Deussen is an extremely confident singer; I don't think it's possible for her to make even the most minor mistake or for a microsecond quaver in her choices. You can tell she knows exactly what the next 10 moves are going to be while simultaneously permanently in the pocket, forever in the moment, and then projecting forward to where everything should lead. It's a CRIME that this is only Deussen's second slab. She should have 10 out by now, be soundtracked in movies, appear on TV, and find herself featured in Playboy Jazz Fests.  Take my word for it, y'all, this is one of the country's most talented singers, one of the best I've EVER heard.  On the Street is a definite in the year's 30 Best.” - Mark S. Tucker

F.A.M.E. (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)

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 tenor 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. Deussen dances with Wayne's tenor saxophone, bouncing phrases off the hornman like an inspired handball player; the singer has the upper hand. On the Street Where You live is beautifully completed and realized. Deussen's voice, if anything, has become more like itself: more comfortable and compliant. Deussen never over-sings. Very good show, here! ON C. MICHAEL BAILEY'S BEST RECORDINGS OF 2014 LIST: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/c-michael-baileys-best-recordings-of-2014-beat-kaestli-by-c-michael-bailey.php” - C. Michael Bailey

All About Jazz

“Better keep an eye on your comfort zone, torches are being passed…  A degreed jazz singer in her own right, when Deussen left the classroom, she turned to Tierney Sutton to teach her the rest of the moves needed for the real world.  For a jazz diva, she’s made the oldies a more recent vintage…  You can bet this super thrush is a star that’s going to be shining quite brightly quite soon.”” - Chris Spector

Midwest Record

“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/b and Gus Duffy/d. They do some clever things with 60s pop tunes like “California Dreamin’” and “Both Sides Now” giving a bit of flair to the folk tunes. 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


...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.  That bass line on “Do Wrong Shoes” and the smooth jazz guitar coupled with extraordinary vocals is completely seductive. If I were pressed for a favorite, I’d have to go with the mash up of “Black Coffee” / “A Night in Tunisia.”  The pace is picked up slightly and intensely as the sax work closes the deal for me.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

Ventura Rocks

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.” - John McDonough / writer for Downbeat
 "...Deussen is a fine vocalist who brings a lot of thoughtful emotion to the material...Weitz is a terrific guitarist... one of the best new CDs out now and highly recommended....” - Myrna Daniels

— L.A. Jazz Scene

“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. There is no shortage of energy heard throughout the program, with Nudell and Wayne offering consistently colorful and strong solos. Ms. Deussen is particularly exuberant on “Sister Sadie.” This is a highly enjoyable and recommended CD.” - Scott Yanow