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1. All Through the Night
2. New August Tune
3. Wide Open Window
4. From This Moment On
5. A Rare Appearance
6. Speak My Name
7. Just One Of Those Things
8. You And The Night And The Music
9. A Wonderful Guy
10. Sanctus

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Khaeon
  • ASIN: B00007MB30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on March 18, 2007
. . . seldom sticking to stereotypes, always branching out into new aesthetics, even as it annexes previously unknown musical vistas, and seeming to recreate itself every dozen or twenty years.

This disc, purveyed by a way-geeky looking redhead female pianist of heroic proportions, assaying super-sophisticated Afro/Cuban jazz, reeks of authenticity despite its unlikely genesis. But that's jazz for you. Wide Open Windows, her second outing of three as leader (neither the previous, Having to Ask, nor the subsequent, Length of Days, heard by me) is a stunner.

Witkowski, a player of great presence on piano, has absorbed, internalized, and reconfigured that venerable music, Afro-Cuban jazz, with complete ease and authority. With entirely sympathetic and deft bandmates (Jonathan Paul, bass, and Tom Hipskind, players never before heard by me, and, especially, rising saxman, Donny McCaslin on four numbers equaling about half the time), she establishes herself as a huge presence on the Latin/jazz scene.

My only gripe is her "Sanctus," arising, one supposes, out of her stint as musical director of All Angels Episcopal Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. As a Catholic Christian, I applaud her desire to honor God with her jazz; unfortunately, this setting of the great liturgical hymn is just too mundane and "poppish" to make much of an impression. Couple that with her mediocre vocals, and you have the weakest number on the disc, despite some muscular sax from McCaslin.

But that's hardly worth complaining about, seeing as it comprises only 2:45 of disc time, so I'm not even going to subtract a half star. In any case, this is really fine Latin jazz, which, if you're at all a fan of, you won't want to miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nouveaujaz on March 22, 2003
At some point in time, a "Wide Open Window", of opportunity will unveil itself. Envision an atmosphere where one navigates the possibilities of merging ideas of the present and future then you'll discover a remarkable young pianist named Deanna Witkowski. "Wide Open Window" is Deanna's sophomore effort; I haven't heard her debut recording from 1998. Deanna hails from the Windy City, upon this riveting second outing, the wonderful talents that this lady processes informs that you're in for impeccable journey in jazz blended wrapped by the intriguing melodies of Afro-Cuban music that lures you into the grace and beauty of this exquisite collection of music.
If you're looking to embrace jazz with a touch of Afro-Cuba flavored ingredients then this record comes highly-recommend. Keep all eyes upon Deanna Witkowski and her record label Khaeon Records, please follow this core of diversely talented jazz musicians that are on the horizon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nouveaujaz on March 20, 2003
At some point in time, a "Wide Open Window", of opportunity will unveil itself. Envision an atmosphere where one navigates the possibilities of merging ideas of the present and future then you'll discover a remarkable young pianist named Deanna Witkowski. "Wide Open Window" is Deanna's sophomore effort; I haven't heard her debut recording from 1998. Deanna hails from the Windy City, upon this riveting second outing, the wonderful talents that this lady processes informs that you're in for impeccable journey in jazz blended wrapped by the intriguing melodies of Afro-Cuban music that lures you into the grace and beauty of this exquisite collection of music.
"All Through The Night" a Cole Porter tune opens the 10-song set. Ms. Witkowski with the support of a talented cast of sidemen travel without variables reframing this piece, romping this sassy samba with continuity. This is vintage trio jazz swinging at it's best.
Coming in at the second spot, Deanna gives us her self-penned composition titled "New August Tune" This track is influenced by her studies of Afro-Cuban Jazz with Cuban piano masters Chucho Valdés and Hilario Duran in the mid `90s, this cut grooves with a purpose. Mirroring the masters that came before him tenor saxman Donny McCaslin solos convincingly, commanding your attention every step of the way with this dynamic performance.
The title track penned by Witkowski "Wide Open Window" makes its appearance with a bop like sensibilities featuring not only the talents of Ms. Witkowski impressionistic piano stylings. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin reveals way he's not your average musician he assuredly breathes life into the cold steel as if Deanna wrote the tune with him in mind.
"From This Moment On" comes in at 4th spot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ray maldonado on December 6, 2010
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Don't mess with this young lady. It's true: most monster jazz pianists are men. Then Dorothy Donegan shows up and knocks the cats off their horses. I love when this happens. A room full of latinos talking clave talk and tuning our drums. Enters ms. who? ms. Witkowski. Sits at the keys, looks up, smiles, greets everyone. Everyone returns a friendly response and she starts to play. From a stereotypical underestimation arises a caliber of musicianship that stuns everyone. I love when this happens. Don't judge an artist by his, or in this case, HER cover. This lady knows her Latin/Brazilian/Afro/world/straight-ahead/what-ever-else jazz. And to further do damage, she writes and arranges. I've been into this genre for decades and I say she can hang with the best. She plays with great authority and swings in clave in a way many great straight-ahead jazz musicians can't. If you like jazz, latin, Brazil or great top shelf music, you must get this. Ray--latinjazz drummer
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