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Nearly all of the dozen songs on Sara Leib’s remarkable Secret Love from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “It Might As Well Be Spring” to Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love" qualify as standards, yet the Los Angeles jazz singer does quite un-standard, wonderfully refreshing things with every number she wraps her glowing, frequently cheery mezzo- soprano tones around. While transforming the tunes with amazing new twists of time and tempo, Leib uncannily cuts to the emotional cores of the composers’ original lyrics. Leib “reinterprets the template of the standard into something that seasoned jazz enthusiasts and crossover fans from the Norah Jones camp will both be blown away by,” Jamie Rattner wrote in Performer magazine of the singer’s acclaimed self-released debut CD, 2003’s It’s Not the Moon. She takes her unique way with American popular songs steps further on the highly anticipated Secret Love on Origin Records

Secret Love

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: It Might As Well Be Spring; Night And Day; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye; So This Is Love; The Thrill Is Gone; With My Own Two Hands; To Make You Feel My Love; Someday My Prince Will Come; The Way You Behold; Willow Weep For Me; Secret Love; All I Have To Do Is Dream.

TRACK OF THE DAY

The Way You Behold

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2012
Duration: 4:31

VIDEO

Night & Day

Featuring the music of Sara Leib
Duration: 3:52

Sara Leib sings her original arrangement of Cole Porter's Night And Day at Jazz Alley in Seattle on 8/31/11. With Dawn Clement on piano, Jon Hamar on bass, and Matt Jorgensen on drums.
ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sara Leib: Secret Love

Read "Secret Love" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Almost 10 years elapsed between West Coast singer Sara Leib's It's Not The Moon (Self Produced, 2003) and Secret Love. Leib kept occupied with teaching, most currently at Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, where she gives private lessons and teaches classes on improvisation (something, as a scatter, she knows well) and chart ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sara Leib: Secret Love

Read "Secret Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A cursory glance at the track listing for Secret Love may paint it as another simple celebration of standards, but that's not the case. Singer Sara Leib takes the road less traveled by delivering ear-opening, metrically twisted, stylistically broad interpretations of oft-covered classics with a to-die-for cast of cutting-edge collaborators. Leib, who holds ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Los Angeles-Based Jazz Vocalist Sara Leib Releases 2nd CD, "Secret Love," March 20

Los Angeles-Based Jazz Vocalist Sara Leib Releases 2nd CD, "Secret Love," March 20

At its core, jazz is a music of personal expression, a concept that singer Sara Leib clearly embraces. On her new CD, Secret Love—due out March 20 on OA2 Records—the glowing-toned mezzo-soprano gives an array of classic and contemporary material fresh, distinctive sounds. One way that Los Angeles native Leib gives a new slant to her ...

Sara Leib: It

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Released: 2003

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sara Leib: It

Read "Sara Leib: It" reviewed by AAJ Staff

On her debut recording Sara Leib shows great promise and talent. A straight-ahead jazz vocalist in a Dominique Eade vein combined with a Madeline Eastman edge, she fashions her own interpretations on a collection of selections right out of the jazz vocal songbook, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Starting out this swinging ...


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