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Radio & Podcasts

Shelly Manne, Alexis Cole & Susan Krebs

Read "Shelly Manne, Alexis Cole & Susan Krebs" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 735th Episode of Neon Jazz with the talented jazz singer and actress Susan Krebs. Then it's on to her mentor, Sheila Jordan and wonderful young singer in Nicole Henry. Other artists ranging from Jackson Potter to David Finck keep releasing quality music and we are profiling them here at the show. Old school cats like Shelly Manne, Ike Quebec and Freddie Green round out this quality hour of jazz music. Enjoy the jazz, my friends.

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Album Review

Susan Krebs: Daybreak

Read "Daybreak" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Sometimes, simpler is better. Familiar chord progressions are like old friends. We think they have aged well, and however different the melody (or their appearance), they are relatable. We connect to and with them. After a spell of “dare to be different" time signatures that can be fun, or challenging, hearing someone who can play or sing well in plain vanilla four can be a relief. After all, most people walk around in two or four. Can 7.9 billion people ...

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Bailey's Bundles

Seven Women 2018 – Part V

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part V" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


An embarrassment of riches... Shirley Crabbe Bridges MaiSong Music 2018 Vocalist Shirley Crabbe's 2011 debut recording, Home (Self Produced), was very well received, with critic Edward Blanco noting that the singer has, ..."a warm approach to the music, her smooth vocals seem a perfect fit for voicing soft ballads." While true, Crabbe is equally capable of belting out up-tempo numbers in her near perfectly-balanced voice that once was thought lost. In ...

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Album Review

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

Read "Simple Gifts" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


..."some bluesy piano soloing, hoedown string work, and more." Dan Bilawsky in his AAJ review of Krebs' Simple Gifts Yes, I think nothing of drawing inspiration from my betters on the AAJ staff when stuck on a review. I had reviewed Everything Must Change (GreenGig Music, 2012), finding the release very fine. But Simple Gifts represents a stunning evolution that is different altogether. Here, Krebs dives into the heart of Americana in the same ...

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Album Review

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

Read "Simple Gifts" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Vocalist Susan Krebs and her musical friends have been putting together thematically-programmed salon concerts in living rooms and small venues for a number of years. Out of that experience comes Simple Gifts, a salon sampler of sorts that gives the at-home listener a taste of the ideas and arrangements that came about through these performances. The first two pieces on the album--"Let's Call A Heart A Heart" and “Looking Back"--originally fell under the banner of Cardiology: Heart ...

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Album Review

The Susan Krebs Band: Everything Must Change

Read "Everything Must Change" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Baltimore native cum Angelino Susan Krebs is not exactly a wallflower. She has been hiding in plain sight for the past twenty years, being a Jill-of-all-trades in the entertainment arena. She has an impressive onstage (off-Broadway) and television presence in commercials and appearances on programmed cable that include Shameless and Mad Men. She has also made it to the big screen on Million Dollar Baby (2004) and 28 Days (2000). It would be remiss not to mention that she also ...

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Album Review

The Susan Krebs Band: Everything Must Change

Read "Everything Must Change" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Appraising a jazz singer, male or female, is never easy; there are so many variables to consider. First, of course, is the voice, which must be lucid and pleasing to the ears. Respect for a lyric is important, as is articulation, which is bound closely to emotion; too little can be seen as tedious, too much as contrived. This, apart from choice of material, blending of tempo and mood, and the size and composition of the singer's backup group. When ...


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