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