... Krebs so skillfully invades the likes of "Baltimore Oriole", "Skylark", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", Lennon and McCartney's "Blackbird" and Abbey Lincoln's "Bird Alone" that the result is like a series of delicate yet masterfully constructed origami creatures... (Christopher Louden - JAZZ TIMES) SUSAN KREBS in collaboration with the SOARING SEXTET \'A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.\' (Chinese Proverb) I remember as a kid, lying stretched out in a hammock between two grand sycamores, watching the birds, listening to the birds - digging the birds! Birds and humans have shared this planet for many millennia. Our impulse to sing and our desire to fly reflect this deep and ancient connection with the avian tribe. JAZZ AVIARY is a Celebration of Birds -- and of the universal music we share. Various incarnations of this concert over 3 years have led to this recording. There is an arc to this recording, comprised of 16 tracks of wide-ranging music - as well as elements of spoken word and field recordings of birdsongs - reflecting the entire live JAZZ AVIARY concert. Come fly with us! Suze Krebs' voice is rich and pure with an enticingly dusky patina. Blessedly free of affectation, she rivals Karrin Allyson and Diana Krall in her ability to climb inside a lyric and make it seem as if she's lived there her entire life... (Christopher Louden - JAZZ TIMES) \'... there's just love and joy and gratitude for the inspiration which motivated this full-throated song fest... Krebs' interpretive passion, intelligence, and love for the project can be heard throughout.\' (Jazz Improv - Bob Gish) Unique and wonderful! (JazzReview.Com) "A fascinating musical presentation... Krebs and her six musicians soar through jazz-in-flight versions of material including Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" and Lennon-McCartney's "Blackbird".\' (Don Heckman/LA Times) \'It is a great concept executed flawlessly!\' (O's Place Jazz Newsletter) \'Susan Krebs has nothing but fondness for our feathered friends-and expresses her joyous affection magnificently throughout this fascinating concept project... irresistible offerings from a formidable jazz artist... A lot of great jazz interpreters gather great songs together, but few do it as well and convincingly as Krebs. This is a treat for lovers of birds, jazz and music that makes the heart soar like \'A Gaggle of Geese.\' (Jonathan Widran/AMG) Here's an alluring idea that succeeds in execution... A fresh idea, great theme, Jazz Aviary does not have a turkey in the lot. (All About Jazz) "One of the most refreshing, interesting, stimulating shows I've ever attended...Krebs and her amazing musicians created something of singular beauty." (LA Jazz Scene)
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