The Arrangement is Named One of the Top 15 Jazz Vocal Albums of 2017 by the 39th Annual Jazz Radio Awards

Share Article

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, The Arrangement

News Image

The Arrangement by Sylvia Brooks

Chops like this are practically one of a kind and are not to be missed. – Chris Spector- Midwest Record

You can tell a lot about a musician from the company she keeps. Ever since Sylvia Brooks started performing in the jazz realm, she has collaborated with some of the Los Angeles’ most expressive and accomplished players.

On her simmering 2009 debut Dangerous Liaisons and 2012’s captivating follow up Restless, she conjured an erotically-charged, noir-tinged realm by exposing the the deep currents of longing, desperation and heartache running through the American Songbook.

Her third release doesn’t dispel the shadows with sunlight so much as switch from black and white to Technicolor as Brooks revels in the vividly detailed and consistently innovative arrangements of Kim Richmond, Otmaro Ruiz, Jeff Colella, Christian Jacob, and Quinn Johnson.

From the beginning, Brooks distinguished herself with her empathic ability to inhabit a song, turning classic tunes into taut and emotionally revelatory tales. In a major creative leap, she’s also telling her own stories now, contributing to three original songs that blend seamlessly with a diverse program that ranges from Cole Porter to Hank Williams to Lennon and McCartney.

What unites the sleekly bespoke arrangements is Brooks’ luscious sound and inviting sensibility. Welcoming listeners into her musical world, she takes them on an exhilarating journey deep into the hidden recesses of the human heart, where love, lust and loneliness contend for primacy. It’s a trip that requires an artist with an exquisite sound and a rarified talent for drawing the best out of her musical partners, and Sylvia Brooks has made The Arrangement.

See the winners in all categories of the 39th Annual Jazz Radio awards here.

To learn more about Sylvia Brooks and to check out her music, visit her website at http://sylviabrooks.net.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jerry Bergh
@sylvia_brooks
Follow >
Sylvia Brooks Jazz
Like >
Follow us on
Visit website

Media