Kayle Brecher | Stars Don't Weep

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Stars Don't Weep

by Kayle Brecher

This spontaneous recording is the very spirit of music, emotion, passion and visceral response; genre-bending, personal, sometimes minimalistic/sometimes chaotic; and above all musical conversations which run from the tender to the intense.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. The Dolphins
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2. Crank It Up
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3. The Cleansing in the Dance of the Sad
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4. Shining Tears
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KAYLÉ BRECHER – Stars Don’t Weep

Fearless.

With Stars Don’t Weep Philly-based vocalist Kaylé Brecher once again storms onto new ground in fine company.

Fearless. Unafraid of keeping the accompaniment to a minimum and placing her instrument foremost. Unafraid to tackle tunes that are unfamiliar, overly familiar, or just offbeat. Unafraid to encourage new and emerging voices. Kaylé Brecher has always been about the music and the paths by which it can be created.

This project is a collaboration with Montana bassist, composer, and poet Kelly Roberti, whose time in jazz has included service with David Murray, Jack Walrath, Freddie Hubbard, and many more giants. His creative vision is a heavenly match for Ms. Brecher’s, as together they transform the landscape of music. The session, recorded while Roberti was visiting Philadelphia on his way to Paris, demonstrates the flawless musicianship and professionalism of all involved.

Crank It Up and Shining Tears, which add pianist David Dzubinski, are centered around Roberti’s poetry and
are spontaneous improvisations.
Crank It Up features Brecher singing this edgy poem with no preconceived melodic direction as the musicians lumber, tremble and swoop around. Her singing here is reminiscent of Abbey Lincoln and perhaps Mark Murphy,
witty, thoughtful, and considerate of the spirit.
Shining Tears expands upon a simple, three-line Roberti poem, exploring the ripe emotional and metaphorical possibilities within those fourteen words. The trio is tautly focused; a textbook example of close listening and small-scale unity.

The Cleansing in the Dance of the Sad is a Roberti composition, presented as a bass/vocal duet. The sparseness perfectly echoes the mood of the lyrics, a sometimes rare talent that Brecher has developed quite fully over the years.

The Dolphins reminds us that Brecher is a transplant to Philly who kicked off her career in the clubs of New York’s Greenwich Village. This piece is an American folk-rock classic from the pen of troubadour and Brill Building songwriter Fred Neil, who haunted that same neighborhood in the 1960s. Brecher and Roberti pare the tune to its bare bones, maintaining Neil’s sense of searching and loss while venturing down a new musical route.

This music is jazz, not quite, infinitely more than. This is the very spirit of music, emotion, passion and visceral response. But no fear, because Brecher’s voice shines like a star - and stars don’t weep.
--Todd Jenkins
jazz historian, critic, and author of ‘Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia’
and ‘I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus’

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