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Jazz vocalist Rachel Caswell is known for her improvisational prowess, her pinpoint accuracy of pitch and rhythm, and her depth of delivery and interpretation of popular song. Her most recent recording, We’re All in the Dance (2018), features some of New York’s top performers including Dave Stryker, Fabian Almazan, Linda May Han Oh, Johnathan Blake, and Sara Caswell. Mark Sullivan of All About Jazz writes, “This is a great band….Caswell is the star, but she’s no diva. She is much better than that: a jazz musician in the company of other jazz musicians.” Her CD All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker & Jeremy Allen (2015) elicited the following response from jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan: “Rachel is a wonderful singer with a deep feeling and a fantastic improvisational talent complemented by a lovely rich sound.” And in response to Rachel’s debut CD Some Other Time (2003) with Lynne Arriale, Kelly Sill, Steve Davis, and her sister, violinist Sara Caswell, internationally renowned jazz pedagogue David Baker said, “Rachel Caswell is that rara avis who is truly a jazz vocalist


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I See You; I Hear You

Read "I See You; I Hear You" reviewed by H William Stine

I think one of the responsibilities of having a microphone every week is knowing when to shut up. I did that (for the most part) this week and let singers and songwriters who for so many years have seen and heard with perception and then written with eloquent honesty about this painful struggle playing out once ...

Article: Album Review

Rachel Caswell: We're All in the Dance

Read "We're All in the Dance" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È una vocalist per un pubblico di nicchia, Rachel Caswell, ma i percorsi che portano al successo internazionale sono complessi e talvolta misteriosi e non sempre riflettono il talento individuale. Al suo promettente debutto discografico del 2003 (Some Other Time) è seguita una lunga parentesi didattica, che l'ha tenuta per oltre un decennio lontana dai riflettori. ...


We're All in the Dance

Label: Turtle Ridge Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Fragile; A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening; We're All in the Dance; Devil May Care; Two for the Road; Drown in My Own Tears; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Tell Me a Bedtime Story; Dexterity; Reflections (Looking Back).


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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lucia Jackson You and the Night and the Music Roni Music 2018 To a precious few, much talent is given, particularly the young of age, like New York City —native Lucia Jackson, who, at the age of 26 has already distinguished herself as an accomplished dancer and model. Now Jackson emerges ...


Article: Album Review

Rachel Caswell: We're All in the Dance

Read "We're All in the Dance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

If you want proof of singer Rachel Caswell's jazz chops, you could skip right to the last two tracks. She scats the head of bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker's evergreen “Dexterity" along with guitarist (and producer) Dave Stryker, then blends in with the rest of the band for a round of solos. Sticking with the bebop theme, ...


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Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...


All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker & Jeremy Allen

Label: Turtle Ridge Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Sometimes I'm Happy; You Don't Know What Love Is; For All We Know; I Fall in Love Too Easily; The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy); Tell Him I Said Hello; If I Should Lose You; All I Know; De-Dah; Agua de Beber; I've Never Been in Love Before; One for My Baby

News: Recording

Caswell Sisters' "Alive In The Singing Air," Featuring Fred Hersch, Due 3/5

Caswell Sisters' "Alive In The Singing Air," Featuring Fred Hersch, Due 3/5

After establishing thriving careers under their own names over the last ten years, sisters Rachel and Sara Caswell have increasingly turned their attention to the musical bond they’d shared since childhood. Vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara first approached Fred Hersch back in 2008 about working with them on a joint project as pianist and co-producer. The ...


Some Other Time

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2003
Track listing: Alone Together; For Jan; Some Other Time; Marsh Blues; Moonlight; I Remember You; The Mingus That I Knew; I Walk With Music; Moonlight To You; Everytime You Smile; Tricotism; Nothing Like You


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