For 14 years, TRISH, HANS & PHIL have been making very hip sounds in Washington state, the kind of sounds that you expect to find in a place like New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago. Over the years vocalists Trish Hatley, Hans Brehmer, who also plays piano, and Phil Demaree, who also serves as the group's bassist, have built up a book of considerable size.
They have wanted to produce a recording for quite a while, and now, with the ironically titled "Greatest Hits, Volume 1" (THP Productions, no catalog number), they have released their initial CD. Aided by John Anderson on saxophone, Ken French on drums, Alan Keith on trumpet and Bill Anthony on trombone, they have put together a most enjoyable 16-track program that mixes standards and jazz tunes with a couple of side trips to the pop song catalog. On some tracks, they harmonize effectively, while on others one of them takes over the vocal spotlight. The arrangements by Brehmer and Demaree set the tunes nicely, and are well executed by all involved. Among the tracks that particularly appealed to me were "You’d be So Nice to Come Home To," "Rio de Janeiro Blue" "A Night in Tunisia" and "Jeanine." They close with a neat take on "Brahms Lullaby." One thing that comes through clearly is that this is a group that has a lot of fun performing, and you will have fun listening to them.
—Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz