This Is Always
I would recommend it without hesitation. There are many albums about by much better known singers that do not have the quality of this one. The singer and musicians are first rate". ~ Ray Booth, Jazz Views "Sayre's phrasing is utmost perfection, interpreting those great standards written in the first part of the 20th century. She has that fresh mid-western sound of clear channel radio of the early fifties. She sings with a Bobby Short compatibility [and] her style is so reminiscent of that brief era, Mid-Western hipness! ...a soothing voice and the makings of a chanteuse. ~ Dick Crockett, 88.7 The Voice "A beautiful release that is wonderfully produced." ~ Eric Cohen, WAER Syracuse (jazz station of the year)" "As a singer with BadaBiing BadaBoom, Sayre could snap with sass or slink with elegance. Now on her own, she delves deeper into the tasteful side of cabaret jazz, showing off her sparkling fluid touch with a warm tone and a straight-ahead approach to lyrics in front of a lightly swinging combo. Her recent solo debut, This Is Always, concentrates on romantic chestnuts..." ~ Michael McCall, Nashville Scene "Her voice is light, refreshing and pleasant, with few affectations and a straightforward approach to melody and lyric. The liner notes suggest that a number of the selections were captured on first take, and it shows: the album has a relaxed, confident and comfortable feel." ~ J. Robert Bragonier, All About Jazz Rightly self-assured and possessing a wonderful instrument, she doesn't tell her whole story in one song--or even one listening. 'This is Always' is a collection of songs you can curl up with again and again.' - Greg Lee, Program Director WMOT Jazz 89 The jazz vocal idiom is much wider and less stylistically restrictive than some people think. Many examples of this are evident on outstanding singer Rebecca Sayre's fine new CD. Sayre is compelling and credible doing both ballads and rapid-fire material. She can swing, belt out a tune or lay back. Sometimes she's sultry, on other occasions she's demure, but most notably, she ensures through her delivery that listeners fully hear and understand each tune's lyrics, messages and underlying themes. Sayre accomplishes these things without excess volume, wasted mannerisms or exaggerated nuances. In short, she's a complete vocalist, and it's a pleasure to hear her renditions of 'Everything I Love', 'Perdido', 'Who Cares', 'I Get A Kick Out of You', and 'Out of This World' among others. While Sayre consistently sparkles, her backing musicians are just as outstanding. The disc spotlights the big-toned, joyous backing and solos of tenor saxophonists Denis Solee and Jeff Coffin, while also including wondrous work by Beegie Adair (piano) and Pat Bergeson (guitar, producing) and things are capped by understated, yet forceful bass and drum interaction by Jerry Navarro and Tommy Giampietro. These players give Sayre ample freedom to take chances while also establishing settings that advantageously frame her vocals. Interestingly, one of the more intriguing debates currently raging in some critical circles ponders whether Norah Jones should be considered a 'jazz' vocalist. Hopefully, no one will have any doubts about Rebecca Sayre's credentials or inclinations after hearing this wonderful release. - Ron Wynn, Tennessee Jazz & Blue Society.