Her newest Blind Pig Records release finds Deanna collaborating with a new cast of superlative musicians in territory that is at once unfamiliar and intriguing, intimate and provocative. She invites us on her own personal and musical transitional journey that’s taken her in a single year from the Chesapeake Bay to Nashville, and from the high desert of Southern California to deep in the Louisiana bayou, where this CD was recorded.
On Just A Wish Away… this immeasurably talented pianist, saxophonist, singer, composer, and bandleader immerses us in her genre-free musical palette with the added colors of trombones, pedal steels and the rhythms of New Orleans. It also features some of Deanna’s strongest songwriting to date, artfully evoking the excitement of new possibilities tinged at times with a hint of wistful melancholy at what is left behind. From the locomotion of “If It’s Gonna Be Like This” to the tender and surprising “Back and Forth Kid,” to the sultry, horn-driven “Collarbone,” Bogart’s signature cut-above songwriting demonstrates the diverse dialects of her musical fluency.
She and producer Joe Michaels created a band of world class players – Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen), Bonerama Horns (Harry Connick Jr.), Charlie Wooton (Royal Southern Brotherhood), Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Terrence Houston (George Porter), Derwin “Big D” Perkins (Jon Cleary), and Rafael Pereira (Janelle Monae). Together they produce a swinging, funky groove – a diverse set of ensembles well-suited to the genre defying breadth of Deanna’s songs.
Introspective, fun and feisty, rousing and inspiring; once again, Deanna happily marries it all together in pure Bogart form, and sets it to music. See for yourself what happens when a musician takes another leap of faith into the unknown, where some dreams might be “just a wish away.”