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Album Review

Maryland's Deanna Bogart is an explosive live performer, mixing in several streams of American vernacular music into her sets, ranging from funky R&B romps to hushed, Norah Jones-like jazz-pop ballads, and she just happens to be a dynamite barrelhouse piano player who also plays a pretty mean tenor saxophone, as well. Her versatility is truly astounding, and while it might be safe to say that everything she does grows out of the blues, to label her a blues artist doesn't even begin to cover the half of it. On Real Time she offers up a typically varied program of New Orleans R&B, late-night blues, smoky jazz ballads, a touch of country, and some rousing boogie-woogie piano instrumentals, but what keeps it all stitched together is her strong, sultry singing. Highlights include the rocking opener, "Real Time," the loping, wise "Everybody Has a Story," the lovely and classic "Blue by Night," the late-night jazz of "Blues in the 'Bine" (where Bogart's sax playing gets to shine), and the storming piano instrumental "Bite the Bullet." It's easy to be distracted by this wide range of styles, and given Bogart's explosive piano skills, to view her as a blues piano player first and foremost, but what gets lost in the shuffle is the fact that this lady can sing (and write, as well — all but two of these ten tracks are Bogart originals), and if some marketing wiz out there can ever figure out how to package all this talent into a form that the mass public can recognize (how about as a funkier Norah Jones?), then Deanna Bogart has a good chance to be a household name. Meanwhile, her albums get tossed in the blues bins, and she truly deserves a wider audience.

Customer Reviews

still THE girl in the band

Deanna Bogart began her career in a group called Couboy Jazz, a country swing band. Perhaps she was there because the group lived between genres, or perhaps being in this group set the tone for her life, but regardless Deanna continues to defy categorization. Her return to Blind Pig Records, the blues label of her first album 18 years ago, spans more genres than ever, if that is possible. The album opens with Real Time, a classic Bogart song with a pop feel, blues accents, and meaningful lyrics that explore her fascination with time and her place within it (Over Thirty, If I Get Old, Timing Is Everything, etc.). Further into the album the listener is treated to a classic boogie where Deanna showcases her keyboard chops, a blusey - jazz instrumental showing her mastery of the saxophone, and a flat out jazz piece. The rest of the album is never predictable, covering a range of musical territory, always well produced with outstanding vocals and flawless musicianship. My favorite moment in the album occurs almost two minutes into "Wonder What The Weather Is Today": syncopated jazz vocals leading into a wonderfully tense pause, a little jazzy-bluesy piano fill, a funk guitar chord producing the expectation of James Brown "Good Godding", then a staccato keyboard solo that makes me want to tango. All in ten seconds! Though a jazz influence has often been heard in Deanna's music, it has never been stronger than this album. No doubt a big part of this is due to the presence of Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra) on bass and Dan Leonard on guitar. Her long-time drummer Mike Aubin also has jazz roots. Deanna's music is not for everyone. If you keep your radio dial tuned to one radio station, if you think that blues, jazz, rock, country, and gospel should be kept segregated and pure, you best look elsewhere. However, if you love surprises, if you treasure the unique, if you want music that challenges and rewards, get this album!

"Real Time"

If you want a taste of true boogie woogie music that gets you up off of your feet and dancing like you forgot you knew how, you must check out "Real Time", by Deanna Bogart! This is a fantastic CD that shows off Deanna at her best - revealing the human experience with songs that get you up off of your feet and onto the dance floor and that also cause you to stop and think about the life you are living. She has it all - great voice, great piano, great sax, great tunes and lyrics, and above all a phenomenal soul informing her every song! Not to mention a cracker jack band backing her up! Also check out her CDs, "Deanna Bogart Band Live" and "Timing Is Everything"!!!


Born: 1960 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Drawing on a variety of musical sources ranging from boogie-woogie to New Orleans R&B to swing to rock & roll, singer and barrelhouse pianist Deanna Bogart emerged as one of the most eclectic performers in contemporary blues. Born in Detroit in 1960, she cut her teeth on the Maryland blues circuit, developing a crowd-pleasing style that often found her leaping up from her piano bench to chat with the audience; clad in her trademark black fedora, Bogart was also known to blow a mean tenor saxophone....
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