Yours

Yours

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by Sara Gazarek
     
 

When an older jazz singer warns a younger jazz singer that vocal jazz is an extremely crowded, brutally competitive field, it isn't just rhetoric -- vocal jazz (like just about any other area of music) has a lot more applicants than openings or opportunities. Therefore, aspiring young jazz singers need to do everything possible to stand out and make a personal…  See more details below

Overview

When an older jazz singer warns a younger jazz singer that vocal jazz is an extremely crowded, brutally competitive field, it isn't just rhetoric -- vocal jazz (like just about any other area of music) has a lot more applicants than openings or opportunities. Therefore, aspiring young jazz singers need to do everything possible to stand out and make a personal statement -- and on the more memorable parts of her debut album, Yours, Sara Gazarek stands out. While the West Coast singer (who was in her early twenties when bassist John Clayton produced this album in April 2005) still has some growing and developing to do, she definitely has potential. Gazarek's approach is best described as vocal jazz by way of a singer/songwriter aesthetic; one hears influences like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Abbey Lincoln in her vocals, but a healthy appreciation of Carole King and Joni Mitchell asserts itself as well. In fact, one of the best things on the album is an interpretation of Mitchell's "The Circle Game." Unfortunately, the warhorse factor is much too strong on this 51-minute disc; do listeners really need to hear a singer who was born after the '70s embracing "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," "My Shining Hour," "Cheek to Cheek," and other Tin Pan Alley warhorses that have been totally beaten to death over the years? There is so much jazz history attached to those songs that younger, newer jazz singers are better off avoiding them and turning their interpretive powers to gems that haven't been beaten to death -- "The Circle Game," for example. But an excess of warhorses doesn't erase the fact that Gazarek has an appealing vocal style; although subtle and understated, she projects a lot of warmth and gets her emotional points across. All things considered, Yours is a noteworthy, if inconsistent, debut -- and Gazarek is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Native Language
UPC:
0014062094921
catalogNumber:
949

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Gazarek   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Clayton   La-La
Josh Nelson   Piano
Matt Slocum   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
John Clayton   Producer
John Clayton   Producer,Liner Notes
Ray Henderson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Joe Sherbanee   Executive Producer
Theo Bishop   Executive Producer
Sara Gazarek   Composer

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Yours 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this talented vocalist by chance and I am thanking my lucky stars I did. Her voice is enchanting, her pitch is perfect, and she stands alone in a world of young (and older) jazz songstresses. The arrangements on this album show that this one is for real. We'll be seeing a lot more of Miss Gazarek.