“Telling Tales promises great things to come from this talented, authentic singer.”
“Roz Corral has wonderful pitch, a velvet tone, world-class diction and a great sense of swing. But more importantly, she really connects to everything she sings and makes it come alive and sound new. In this day of young wanna-be jazz singers, Roz Corral is the real deal.”
“She has a freedom with phrasing and rhythm that, for me, are the essence of jazz singing.” Bruce Barth
“With a voice as cozy as a goose-down duvet and as clear and sparkling as spring water, Roz Corral is that rare sort of jazz singer who makes it all seem deceptively easy.”
Combining a natural feel for jazz with an evocative interpretation of a lyric, Roz Corral offers a fresh approach to a song. This New York City- based singer makes her recording debut with Telling Tales, a combination of standards and lesser known entries beautifully arranged and sung, accompanied by a group of some of the finest young musicians in jazz.
Corral is an excellent story teller and Telling Tales aptly describes the essence of her singing style. As the great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy puts it: “…Roz always goes to the heart of a song.” In his liner notes, Chicago broadcaster/writer Neil Tesser has this to say about Corral’s singing: “She finds the heart of a song’s message, as contained in the lyrics, then she finds the best way to convey that message musically, in a timbre adult, throaty, and knowing. Telling Tales may be her first album, but this is no ingénue; her command of phrasing proves that.”
Another important aspect of Roz Corral’s singing is her freedom with rhythm, which allows for the hard swing feel in the tradition of some of our vocal jazz greats. This combination of attention to lyric and musical ease is evident in her swinging opener, “Too Close For Comfort,” her hard-hitting version of “I’ll Never Be The Same,” the Brazilian feel of Frishberg’s “Wheelers and Dealers,” or her poignant versions of the rarely heard “I’ve Got No Strings” and “Say It Isn’t So.”
Clearly in her element, Roz Corral is known for her live performances, where her sense of joy is palpable. She has performed as part of the JVC Jazz Festival’s club participation at Sweet Rhythm in New York, as well as New York’s Jazz Standard, the 55 Bar, Flushing Town Hall and performs a regular Sunday jazz brunch with notable guitar/bass backing at North Square, in the Washington Square Hotel.
Her band lends invaluable support to this first project. Reedman Steve Wilson has performed as a member of two of the finest working bands in jazz, those led by Dave Holland and Chick Corea. In the latter he played with trombonist Steve Davis and versatile drummer Jeff Ballard. Ballard and the extraordinary bassist Larry Grenadier currently anchor the Brad Mehldau Trio. Both guitarist/arranger John Hart and pianist/arranger Bruce Barth have a series of well-received recordings as leaders. Barth, who gained recognition as part of Terence