Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson Jazz at Kitano New York, NY April 19, 2014 Some relationships are beyond close, bordering on the sacred. There's the strong bond between husband and wife, the high level of trust between friend and confidant, and, perhaps most interestingly, the intimate connection between singer and pianist. That last pairing may seem out of place and trivial in nature to some, but anybody who's ever encountered such a combination knows that it truly belongs on this list. For a pianist and singer to establish a long term ...read more
Vocalist Sara Gazarek was in a recording slumber for the past half decade, but 2012 seems to be the year that this sleeping jazz vocal beauty finally awakens. She eased her way back into the ears of her fans with Where Time Stands Still (Charleston Square Recordings, 2012), a collaboration that paired her with Germany's Triosence, and returns full force now, with the sublime Blossom & Bee. This twelve-song program is strongly influenced by the work of vocalist Blossom Dearie but, like Amy Cervini's Dearie-derived Digging Me Digging You (Anzic, 2012), it isn't a tribute album. Both artists simply appreciate ...read more
All chicken or feathers, feast or famine, flood or drought; regarding jazz vocal releases, there is always a healthy steady stream of new music being produced. The vast majority is good while, as it should be, the truly exceptional are of a rarer variety. The release of Kate McGarry's exceptional Girl Talk (Palmetto, 2012) might have been just a singular event of excellence, except that Sara Gazarek decided to join McGarry at Palmetto records, releasing the equally fine Blossum & Bee, signaling a trend of excellence in jazz vocals released over a compressed event horizon.Vocalist Gazarek has already ...read more
Triosence is a piano trio active on the European jazz stage since making a name for itself in its native Germany in 1999. On When Time Stands Still, the band joins forces with West Coast jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek for a recital of twelve original tunes. The music is mostly penned by Triosence pianist Bernhard Schüler, with Gazarek and Schüler combining their talents to provide the lyrics. Gazarek has penetrated these electrons previously with her well-received release, Yours (Native Language, 2005), and has a versatile voice well-suited for both jazz and pop, two genres expertly married on this collaborative album.read more
A commanding recording that delivers an itchy, irresistible attraction for repeated playing is rare, indeed, and Where Time Stands Still falls precisely into that category. Repeated renderings display additional highlights both instrumentally and vocally. It is very appealing--if not challenging--listening. Combining a trio of fine German musicians (Triosence) with an intriguing American (Sarah Gazarek), Where Time Stands Still offers a dozen original selections which display a palette of interesting colors and nuance. Nothing straight-ahead, boppish or free; the offerings are less pure jazz than almost New Age" dreamy. However, the combination of Gazarek's engaging voice with Bernhard ...read more
Half a world may separate Germany's Triosence and California singer Sara Gazarek, but the possibility of making beautiful music together helped to bridge the gap between both parties. When Bernhard Schüler, the pianist in this Cologne-based cooperative trio, contacted Gazarek via e-mail in 2008 to propose a collaboration, this project might have seemed like a long shot, but the wonders of technology and the powers of persistence and determination helped see it through. Schüler and Gazarek exchanged e-mails, wrote and reworked lyrics on the phone and in Skype sessions, and began a bi-continental partnership that eventually led to the creation ...read more
We are enjoying an embarrassment of riches in the area of female jazz vocals. There's a lot of wheat out there, and some chaff. Here's some of the whole grain.
Sara Gazarek Yours Native Language 2005
Left-coast jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek's voice is as mature and perfectly balanced as the accompaniment of her piano trio. Mature, considering Gazarek is still only in her middle 20s, and already sounding fully formed. A nominal alto, Gazarek displays an effortless singing style that is both adventuresome and conservative. My Shining Hour illustrates this: the tune ...read more
It's commonplace for young vocalists to do an album of standards when debuting on the jazz scene. What sets them apart is how they present these songs, which have been done many times over by both veterans and newcomers. Some who have succeeded are Jane Monheit, Michael Bublé, and Renee Olstead. Sara Gazarek, 23, has joined their ranks. Early indications are she will succeed--provided she doesn't just do covers, but present them in a way that sets her apart from the others. Gazarek has performed with Oleta Adams, Karrin Allyson, and Diane Schuur as the yet undiscovered ...read more
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