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Sylvia Brooks

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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

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Signature

Label: Rhombus Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Your Heart Is as Black as Night (Gardot) 3:27 Catch 22 (Brooks - Colella) 4:46 Red Velvet Rope (Brooks - Marder) 4:18 Over and Done (Brooks - Colella) 3:55 The Boy That Lived There (Brooks - Ranier) 3:47 Sixteen (Brooks - Ranier) 3:34 The Flea Markets of Paris (Brooks - Jacob) 3:59 Holding Back Tears (Brooks - Jacob) 4:26 Boogie Street (Cohen - Robinson) 6:16

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Sylvia Brooks

Read "Take Five With Sylvia Brooks" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The content of this article has been updated since its 2009 publish date. Meet Sylvia Brooks: Since the release of her captivating debut, 2009's Dangerous Liaisons, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks has displayed a gift for inhabiting different personas, with a subspecialty in film-noir inspired femmes fatale. On her fourth album, Signature, she embraces the ...

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The Flea Markets Of Paris

Featuring the music of Sylvia Brooks
Duration: 3:59

Written by Sylvia Brooks (lyrics) and Christian Jacob (Music) the song speaks to the heartache at the end of a relationship. Sylvia Brooks (vocals), Christian Jacob (piano), Trey Henry (bass), and David Witham (accordion).
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Article: Bailey's Bundles

June 2022: Constellations

Read "June 2022: Constellations" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


ChimyTina Constellations La Reserve 2022 ChimyTina is a collision moniker for the duo of bassist Dan “Chimy" Chmeilinski and vocalist Martina DaSilva. They are part of a daring group of singers/bassists perfecting the most musically intimate of performance formats. With the bass as the “harmony" instrument supporting a vocalist, ...

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Your Heart Is As Black As Night

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Label: Rhombus Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 8:09

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News: Recording

Recording Artist And Songwriter Sylvia Brooks' anticipated Release 'Signature' On May 30th!

Recording Artist And Songwriter Sylvia Brooks' anticipated Release 'Signature' On May 30th!

Since her captivating debut in 2009, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks has displayed a gift for inhabiting different personas, with a subspecialty in film-noir inspired femmes fatale. On this—Signature (Rhombus Records)—her fourth album, she embraces the most challenging role of all, defining herself with a set of beautifully crafted original songs. Her evocative lyrics and emotionally direct ...

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The Arrangement

Label: SBM Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; Cold Cold Heart; Body and Soul; Eleanor Rigby; What I Was Thinking; Midnight Sun; Maybe I’m a Fool’ Guess Who I Saw Today; Besame Mucho; The Tender Trap; Sweet Surrender; Night and Day; Never Lem Me Go; Angel Eyes.

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News: Award / Grant

"The Arrangement" By Sylvia Brooks Named Jazz Vocal CD Of The Month by Jazz Station / Arnaldo Desouteiro

"The Arrangement" By Sylvia Brooks Named Jazz Vocal CD Of The Month by Jazz Station / Arnaldo Desouteiro

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks reveals a vivid array of new emotional hues on her third album, The Arrangement, a beautifully intimate collaboration with the talents of brilliant Los Angeles arrangers. Besides beautiful originals ("Maybe I'm A Fool," “Sweet Surrender," “What Was I Thinking," three inspired songs to which she contributed as ...

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The Arrangement

Featuring the music of Sylvia Brooks
Duration: 1:51

From jazz noir to technicolor, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks reveals a vivid array of new emotional hues on her gorgeous third album, The Arrangement.

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