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by AAJ Staff
Meet Sarah DeLeo: Jazz vocalist Sarah DeLeo takes the best from the masters and combines it with her own signature style to produce a sound that is both timeless and fresh.
One hears her singing and is swept away to another time, and yet her powerful presence as a musical storyteller is thoroughly in the here and now: No matter the song, she delivers each lyric in such a personal way that the listener feels as if they ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
On The Nearness of You (Self Produced, 2006), vocalist Sarah DeLeo exhibited her diaphanous, spherical voice on a collection of off-the-beaten path standards, all well suited to her most welcome, conservative vocal style.
She does not veer far from this approach on I'm In Heaven Tonight, again choosing songs that have not been thoroughly worn out by the constant deluge of jazz vocal releases. DeLeo's support on this disc is a quilt of instrument combinations rooted in the ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
The Great American Songbook can be--and often is--overused when emerging vocalists put together a collection. What sets one apart from another is a little deviation--picking standards that aren't covered ad nauseam, or creative arrangements. Sarah DeLeo tries both approaches with I'm in Heaven Tonight. The New York-based DeLeo began singing at the age of nine and developed a love of jazz soon afterward. She has found inspiration from a variety of jazz and non-jazz artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Jazz vocalist Sarah DeLeo's debut album is bookended by two bossa nova treatments from the Great American Songbook: the Shapiro/Campbell piece If I Had You" and Cole Porter's So In Love." The most notable aspect of DeLeo's style is the Peggy Lee vibe that she often summons up in her delivery of these songs. Over the past year, we've seen and read a lot about singers like Madeleine Peyroux, who presents almost all of her material in a very accurate ...read more
by William Grim
Sarah DeLeo, a young New York-based singer, conjures up images of Peggy Lee and the elegant supper club years of the 1950s and 1960s. I was particularly impressed with the tune selection and arrangements on her debut, The Nearness of You. She begins the album with a bossa nova version of If I Had You" that works wonderfully and gives a fresh lease on life to a song that doesn't get much play any more. It was also nice to ...read more
by Jim Santella
Sarah DeLeo's fresh voice interprets this program of standards with a knowing heart. It has an innocence that rings positive. She gives you the feeling that we're at liberty to lighten up, relax a while, and let the music take care of our worries.
Resonating with a youthful timbre, DeLeo's voice appears frail and distant on this debut recording. She's backed by a superb complement of accompanists, particularly guitarist Chris Bergson and pianist Brian Charette, whose partnership lends ...read more