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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Album review: Tanya Dennis - White Sails Blue Skies

Tanya Dennis (vocals, violin, prayer bowl, castanets) + (collective) Jim Ferguson (bass); David Martin, Billy Panda, Matt Berry, John Richards (guitars); Dann Sherrill, Noah Huntgate (perc.); Scott Halgren (piano); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica).

Difficult to define. Not quite totally jazz and not quite totally not jazz if that makes sense. Dennis has a wistful voice that grabs you gently. It's a caress rather than a bear hug, one that stays with you long after the in your face performers have faded.

Seven of the nine songs are compositions by the singer who also impresses on violin. There's some fine chromatic harp blowing by Meurkens and the various guitarists add additional colour to what is a most enjoyable listening experience.

As an interesting footnote, Tanya Dennis is also an avid sailor who, after purchasing a 50-foot sailboat (as one does), set sail around the Keys, Bahamas and Caribbean. It was a trip she took to reinvent herself musically and personally. The music on this album is a result of that journey - it worked! Lance.


Chiarascuro; Till You; Slow Reckless Tango; Where You Are; White Sails; The World Can do Without us (Ronnie Hughes); Indigo (Kosta Lazarides); Desolation Sound; All to Myself.

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