No song is a simple thing in Lisa Sokolov's hands, for she delves into the magical possibilities of the voice and the beauty and mystery of words. Her third album, A Quiet Thing, extends the power of her earlier recordings, continuing her progression towards the majestic and ecstatic silence" of the universe. She bills her new recording as solos, duos, trios and quartets," utilizing Cameron Brown (bass), Todd Reynolds (violin), Gerry Hemingway (drums), John DiMartino (piano) and Kermit Driscoll (electric bass). Sokolov is a musical adventurer: Even when she sings something familiar, she constantly surprises. The album ...read more
Singer Lisa Sokolov knows how to make songs her own. Master vocalist, renowned improviser, music therapist, and lay cantor, New York-based Sokolov reaches into the inner, quiet soul of the 12 songs, standards, and even the Jewish liturgy and a modern poem on A Quiet Thing. She rediscovers songs that become an important part of our emotional and intellectual world in times of crises, doubt, and solitude. She breathes new life in these songs, reshapes and reharmonizes them, charging them with emotional intensity and immediate intimacy, while surpassing familiar interpretations or stylistic conventions. On this fifth release Sokolov opts for ...read more
Lisa SokolovEnzo's JazzThe Jolly Hotel MadisonNew York, NYApril 18, 2007 Lisa Sokolov is one of those performers who must be experienced. Yes, her 2004 CD Presence won Best CD of 2004 from Downbeat Magazine, but I had not heard it. Enzo Capua told me she was something special, and he was not kidding. The most important thing was that Sokolov gave a total, one hundred percent, no-holding-back performance in front of no more than fifteen people. Sokolov is a force of nature and literally took over the room for ...read more
Musical genres become extraneous on Presence, as originals, standards, folk, and R&B are transformed, through diva Lisa Sokolov’s texturally thick tones and changing tempos, into emotionally powerful encounters. Set in the context of a piano trio, Sokolov uses her lyrical dynamism, vocal range and innovative command of rhythm and phrasing to expand the boundaries of this conventional format. The title piece is an original multitracked singing experience that sucks you in like a cyclone and then hurtles and lifts you higher and higher as the vocals envelop. Sokolov is adept at seizing upon what might otherwise be ...read more
This is one of the times I'm grateful that this magazine doesn't have a rating system. I've never heard anything like this before (although Sokolov has two previous CDs out that were reportedly well-received), and I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it. I do know that Presence" is terrifically innovative, with Sokolov exploring the myriad textures of her voice like a daring instrumentalist, and whether she's pure or raspy, shrill or rounded, whispery or full-throated, she's always passionate.
There are hints of Janis Joplin, moments of Marilyn Monroe's coy trilling in the deranged You Do ...read more