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In her original compositions, Debbie draws comparison to established women like Sheryl Crow or Tori Amos. Her singer/songwriting is influenced by the jazz genre and songs like Sunday Morning Dawn remind me of the young Joni Mitchell.
Jazzthing, November 2001 January 2002
Surprise of the month! The debut album of Debbie Deane upon first appearance seems to be a jazz record with a sticker on it indicating collaborators Wayne Krantz and Joshua Redman. However, this is misleading. What one hears is an almost classic singer-songwriter album in the style of the 70s. Debbie Deans voice often reminds one of Joni Mitchells on the jazzy records Blue and the Hissing of the Summer Lawns.
Lift (Stuttgart), November 2001
After a few bars, it becomes clear that Debbie Deane wants to tell the world something. The album Hit the Rewind is so powerful that is it is certainly not suitable for background music. The New Yorker singer and pianist does not belong to the numerous up and coming talent who never step out from the shadow of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughan but instead regards Carol Kings Tapestry album as her first personal source of inspiration. One feels when one listens that Dean is demonstrating a very own personal style. This is no smooth jazz She is ont yet polished and cool but, instead, sometimes passionate, sometimes aggressive, sometimes desperate but always expressive and supported by pros like Joshua Redman and Wayne Krantz.
Udo Pipper - Stereo, November 2001
A new voice on the jazz horizon an what a voice! Debbie Deane holds her own amongst the jazz debutants through her incredibly flexible voice This album possesses the very freshness that we so often miss from the many vocal CDs that land on our desk or in our CD player .Hit the Rewind is a record that is far above average and even in two songs where Deanes voice is only accompanied by her own piano playing, Debbie is unbeatable.
Carina Prange jazzdimensions.de
Its a genuine old fashioned singer-songwriter album in the best sense that while listening to it it reiminds me of a long bygone: for Joni Mitchells The Hissing of the Summer Lawns, the first two albums of Rickie Lee Jones, and the old love of Laura Nyro .
Ulrich Kriest Intro, November 2001