WHAT YOU HEAR at a Deanna Bogart concert is pretty much what you'll find on her debut album "Out to Get You." Surrounded by some top-notch local talent, including saxophonist Ron Holloway and bassist Steve Wolf, the boogie-woogie queen has come up with an appealing, mostly high-energy sampler of what she's fond of doing on stage. Boogie, ballads, jazz, blues -- in short, a little bit of everything.
Not surprisingly, the best cuts are powered by her rollicking piano style, a two-fisted throwback to the swing era that's responsible for breathing new life back into "Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)" and for creating a similarly infectious mood on her own "Thrash Boogie" and other cuts. As a singer, Bogart doesn't possess the lusty wallop that songs like "Three Long Days" and "All Night Long" beg for, but she's arranged them in such a way that she ultimately gets her point across just the same. Several tunes are buttressed by tight harmonies which sometimes recall her days with Cowboy Jazz, and since Holloway and guitarists Professor Mac Walter and Danny Gatton are on hand (the latter guesting on the vibrantly quirky jazz theme "Ethel's Place"), there's no shortage of instrumental fireworks to go along with Bogart's insistent piano and sax.
It'll be at least another album, though, before her recording career holds any genuine surprises.