Sylvia Brooks

Sylvia Brooks

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: Los Angeles

Vocalist Sylvia Brooks likes to provide her music a noir patina, that smoky and dark evening tone preferred by the likes of the fictional hard men: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Jeff Markham.
—C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Updated: March 14, 2022

The long winding path that led Sylvia Brooks back to her jazz roots provided her with plenty of dramatic stories to tell. Possessing a sumptuous, velvet-rich voice, Brooks gained widespread attention with her first two critically acclaimed albums, projects that introduced a sensuous jazz-noir sound redolent of femme fatales and tough guys, crooked deals and deep-shadowed urban nightscapes. But over the past five years she’s increasingly turned her attention toward writing her own material and creating her own characters.

On her fourth album, 2022’s Signature, Brooks embraces the most challenging role of all, defining herself with a set of beautifully crafted original songs. Her evocative lyrics and emotionally direct delivery imbue the music with hard-won authenticity. Whether looking back with wry affection on her walk-on-the-wild-side youth or lamenting a lost love, Brooks brings bracing honesty and keen emotional intelligence to the material. Like on her previous album, 2017’s The Arrangement, she’s keeping company with the Southland’s most creative accompanists. The stellar rhythm section tandem of drummer Ray Brinker and bassist Trey Henry play on almost every track. And ace pianists Tom Ranier, Jeff Colella, and Christian Jacob designed beguiling, harmonically rich settings for her incisive lyrics. In writing her own songs, Brooks has clearly found her voice as an artist.

Read more

Tags

All About Jazz Articles

Take Five With...
Album Review
Read more articles
All About Jazz- C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Sylvia Brooks likes to provide her music a noir patina, that smoky and dark evening tone preferred by the likes of the fictional hard men: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Jeff Markham. On her third recording, The Arrangement, this patina is given a high buff shine into something more contemporary, without losing any of the inherent sexiness of the music and its delivery. The Arrangement is a delicious double entendre on the word “arrangement,” juxtaposing the darker side of love with a play on “arrangement,” here meaning the musical arrangement of the 14 selections contained herein

Read more

Julie London
voice / vocals
Paula West
voice / vocals
Tine Bruhn
voice / vocals
Denise Donatelli
voice / vocals
Akiko Pavolka
voice / vocals
Mark Winkler
voice / vocals
Toni Jannotta
voice / vocals
Ron Boustead
voice / vocals

Artists who share similar musical characteristics to Sylvia Brooks.

Links

Your Heart Is As Black As Night

From: Signature
By Sylvia Brooks

Eleanor Rigby

From: The Arrangement
By Sylvia Brooks

Round Midnight

From: Restless
By Sylvia Brooks

Harlem Nocturne

From: Dangerous Liaisons
By Sylvia Brooks

Sylvia Brooks Albums