Combining a natural feel for jazz with an evocative interpretation of a lyric, Roz Corral offers a fresh approach to a song. This New York City-based singer makes her recording debut with Telling Tales, a combination of standards and lesser known entries beautifully arranged and sung, accompanied by a group of some of the finest young musicians in jazz. Corral is an excellent story teller and Telling Tales aptly describes the essence of her singing style. As the great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy puts it: ...Roz always goes to the heart of a song. In his liner notes, Chicago broadcaster/writer Neil Tesser has this to say: She finds the heart of a song's message, as contained in the lyrics, then she finds the best way to convey that message musically, in a timbre adult, throaty, and knowing. Telling Tales may be her first album, but his is no ingenue; her command of phrasing proves that.
Another important aspect of Roz Corral's singing is her freedom with rhythm, which allows for the hard swing feel in the tradition of some of our great jazz vocalists. This combination of attention to lyric and musical ease is evident in her swinging opener, Too Close For Comfort, her hard-hitting version of I'll Never Be The Same, the Brazilian feel of Frishberg's Wheelers and Dealers, or her poignant versions of the rarely heard I've Got No Strings and Say It Isn't So.