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High Wire

by Donna Deussen

Shimmering jazz vocals by a "musician's singer" - aided by a killer trio and special guest Eric Marienthal on saxaphone.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Note Samba
3:18 $0.99
2. High Wire
3:43 $0.99
3. Skylark
3:42 $0.99
4. Blues in the Night
4:24 $0.99
5. Old Devil Moon
3:16 $0.99
6. River
4:38 $0.99
7. Never Will I Marry
3:45 $0.99
8. Sugar
4:11 $0.99
9. Blue Skies
3:14 $0.99
10. Show Me
3:47 $0.99
11. Nature Boy
4:12 $0.99
12. With Every Breath I Take
2:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Vocalist DONNA DEUSSEN is an exciting new artist on the jazz scene. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Donna counts Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, and Joni Mitchell as some of her influences.

Donna has been performing and recording in the Los Angeles area for the last 17 years. She has performed and recorded with the top studio musicians in L.A., including those who have worked/toured with such names as Chick Corea, Sarah Vaughan, Poncho Sanchez, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Tierney Sutton, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Melissa Manchester, Jean-Luc Ponty, the Righteous Brothers, and many many more.

"High Wire" features jazz, blues, latin and pop standards with some of LA's best musicians: Mark Massey on piano, Aldo Bentivegna on drums, Anders Swanson on bass, and ERIC MARIENTHAL on sax. The CD includes: the title track (a Chick Corea composition); a 'Weather Report'-inspired arrangement of "Nature Boy;" a samba rendition of "Old Devil Moon;" and even a jazz arrangement of Joni Mitchell's "River."

The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Donna and Alan Kuehne of Serious Fun Studios. The CD has been garnering favorable reviews, and is getting airplay on many jazz radio stations, including KKJZ Long Beach, KCLU Thousand Oaks, KBEM Minneapolis, WAER Syracuse, WICN Worchester MA, SkyJazz Internet Radio, CFRC Radio Ontario Canada, WTJU Charlottesville VA, WPKN Bridgeport CT, and Radio LaGuagua Argentina!

This is a crisp, fun, and energetic recording and you won't regret having this one in your collection!



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Bob Muller

Two Thumbs WAYYY Up!
This is easily one of the most enjoyable CD's I've heard all year...I hear a lot and don't get the urge to write about many, but I just have to spread the word on this one. Donna gets it ALL exactly right; her pitch, rhythm, and most importantly her feel for these songs is right on target as she sings in a variety of styles. Her voice is always pleasing, and she gets vocally creative without wandering into diva territory. Her backing trio is powerfully subtle, lending support and flexing their own muscles while staying true to the composition. Great production (also by Ms. Deussen) makes a perfect blending of all the elements. Highlights? Every track! I'll be spinning this one a LOT, and recommend it very highly.


A very nice collection of songs. Jazz, Blues, Latin. Donna is a very talented and eclectic singer. The band is groovy.

Arnie Fox

every number is great
Beautiful voice,loved One Note Samba and Sugar but all numbers were excellent. Five stars for Mark Massey,keyboard player.

carrarini bruno

de jolies reprises
un bon album,une chanteuse a la voix précise qui reprend des standarts de jazz et nous les livrent d'une maniere brillante et vive

un album trés agréable a écouter


I don't buy a lot of jazz vocals but I'll be looking for the next CD.

Jack Manashe

A natural jazz babe
Silky and sultry vocals from this lady which sound as good as Donna looks! The backing musicians sound highly professional and tight and really spread their wings. This CD is well worth the modest sum. I am looking forward to the next one.

Kim Herbold

Clear, Beautiful Vocals
A great addition to my jazz collection. I will be looking for additonal works by this artist.

Jeff S.

High Wire
Great selections, fine voice.


Definitely a purchase worth your money!
Wonderful cd for anyone who has a true appreciation for music! She has a gorgeous voice and knows how to use it. My favorite tracks are 1 and 4, but all the songs on this cd are worth listening to!

Teri Gault

Sweet! Amazing voice!
Great production value... top notch all the way. Donna really knows how to use her instrument. Full of pleasant surprises. Very enjoyable!
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