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Crowded Heart

by Judy Wexler

An inspired interpreter of lyrics, there’s a story in every song, every note, every syllable. In every moment, she stirs emotion. Her tone, her phrasing, her pliably warm and lustrous voice, ensure a rare and distinctive authenticity.
Genre: Jazz: West Coast Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Circus Life
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2. Parisian Heartbreak
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3. Crowded Heart
5:23 $0.99
4. Painted on Canvas
3:51 $0.99
5. Stars
4:46 $0.99
6. The Last Goodbye
4:56 $0.99
7. Take My Breath Away
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8. I Took Your Hand
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9. It's Only Smoke
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10. And We Will Fly
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Album Notes
When it was time to start work on this project, I set out to find modern jazz compositions by current-day songwriters that I feel deserve a place in the “new jazz standards” repertoire. Many artists have turned pop tunes into jazz, but my goal was to draw solely from composers in the jazz world.

The songs on "Crowded Heart" were composed by some of the finest jazz writers and performers on the scene today. By recording these newer, great jazz tunes, in some small way I’m doing my part to give them the wider exposure they deserve.
To quote jazz historian Ted Gioia (author of The Jazz Standards), “That’s how jazz stays alive and becomes more than a history lesson or museum piece.”
–Judy Wexler, March 2019

"What a joy to listen to this album, both for the exquisite music-making of Judy Wexler and Alan Pasqua, but also for their astuteness in finding and featuring outstanding songs by current-day jazz composers. Highly recommended!"
-- Ted Gioia, author of "The History of Jazz" and "The Jazz Standards"

Perusing Judy Wexler’s brief but bountiful discography, it quickly becomes apparent that the Los Angeles jazz vocalist has assiduously assembled a singularly rich treasure trove of overlooked songs. Where far too many jazz singers round up the usual American Songbook suspects, Wexler displays an unerring ear for underexposed gems. But a closer listen reveals that Wexler is far more than a savvy song sleuth.

The antithesis of a flashy singer, she doesn’t scat or radically reharmonize songs. Rather, she’s an inspired interpreter of lyrics who luxuriates in lustrous melodies. Possessing a pliably warm, unsentimental sound and a persuasive sense of swing, Wexler gives every song its due, leaving you to wonder why the object of her affection hasn’t become a bona fide standard. Rather than overburden the music with busy swashes of showy plumage, she finds the appropriate hue for each song and applies it throughout, magnifying each story bigger by the economy of its telling.

Judy Wexler is a consummate artist who makes each song an unforgettable journey.

"There’s a marvelous clarity about Judy Wexler, both in terms of her immaculate phrasing and intonation and in her ability to strip a song, any song, to its bare essence, fully capturing its spirit and soul without an ounce of pretense or affectation."
– Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

“Judy Wexler is more than a mere singer of songs. She’s an actress, mood painter, song archaeologist, and vocalist par excellence.” – Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz



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