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 is a jazz singer
, very much in the same way that Nancy King
is a jazz singer...steeped in experience with a "no fear" soul.
Krebs has a couple of previous self-produced jazz releases to her credit1999's Jazz Gardener
and 2002's What Am I Here For?
both produced with the aid of her longtime support drummer/producer Jerry Kalaf
, who also appears on Everything Must Change
. The double-shot of experience and exuberance is what characterizes Krebs' art, and she spreads both liberally on Everything Must Change
On Ed Byrne
's disc-opening "Up Jumped Spring" (most famously covered by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
), Krebs opens in a hip, contrapuntal duet with saxophonist Chuck Manning
. The song transcends into a jazz waltz of the most traditional sort, supporting Krebs' splendid tone and timing. Sensibly paced and thoughtfully arranged, "Up Jumped Spring" serves as a golden example of Krebs' ability to interpret even the most out-of-the-way jazz adaptations. With Everything Must Change
, Krebs ascends to a point of recognition, one richly deserved.
Personnel: Susan Krebs: vocals; Chuck Manning: tenor, soprano sax; Rich Eames:
piano; Ryan McGillicuddy: bass; Jerry Kalaf: drums.
Year Released: 2012
| Record Label: GreenGig Music
| Style: Vocal