Sara Leib | It's Not the Moon

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It's Not the Moon

by Sara Leib

"She's got a beautiful, natural voice, and she improvises with aplomb, scatting with ease." -Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All of You
3:26 $0.99
2. I'm Beginning to See the Light
5:46 $0.99
3. San Diego Serenade
3:54 $0.99
4. More Than You Know
5:10 $0.99
5. It's Not the Moon
6:35 $0.99
6. I Could Write a Book
5:00 $0.99
7. If I Should Lose You
5:35 $0.99
8. Stormy Weather
4:54 $0.99
9. Darn That Dream
4:50 $0.99
10. It Could Happen to You
2:58 $0.99
11. The Shadow of Your Smile
7:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
One of the most inventive young vocalists and improvisers around, Sara Leib is proving herself an integral key to the modern jazz scene. Her harmonic approach to scatting, charismatic personality, and endearingly thoughtful stage presence have echoed through the jazz communities of her native Los Angeles and the New England jazz scene. She has performed at various clubs and concert halls nationwide, and her skill, charisma and passion are undeniable.

"It's worth seeking out. Leib has a terrific voice, her improvising is inspired, and the Boston-based trio that backs her is top-notch. Most important, the arrangements of these tunes - particularly the Latin-tinged take of "More Than You Know" and the jaunty, up-tempo "It Could Happen to You" - are fresh and inspired." - Boston Globe (7/4/03)

"She's got a beautiful, natural voice, and she improvises with aplomb, scatting with ease."
-Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

"Sara Leib offers a fresh approach to jazz vocal classicism..." - Larry Katz, Boston Herald

"Scatting is not for the faint of heart, and Sara scats particularly well in a risky instrumental style that belies her tender age..."
-Lou Lanza,

"profoundly gifted...reinterprets the template of the standard into something that seasoned jazz enthusiasts and crossover fans from the Norah Jones camp will both be blown away by."
-Jamie Rattner, of Northeast Performer Magazine

"Leib displays an attractive voice and inventive phrasing...Sara Leib has great potential for the future and It's Not the Moon is an important first step"
-Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

"Leib's considerable talents will come as a shock. She's got solid technique that allows her to comfortably interpret and improvise over a range of styles and tunes. The girl can really scat...there's an irresistible sun in her sound, and she can soar up to ecstatic head tones when called for..."
-Stephen Mark Beaudoin

Featuring the talents of Mark Shilansky (piano), Edward Perez (bass), and Michael Herklots (drums).



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Nich Anderson

Surprisingly wonderful release - original & swingin'
Her first CD, Ms. Leib is out of the gates and not lookin back! While there are many treats to be found, I especially enjoyed the title track "It's Not The Moon" with her lyrics to a Mulligan tune and the Tom Waits chart "San Diego Serenade". That one I keep listening to over and over again. Sara has wonderful improvisational talents and does a respectful and competent muted trumpet impersonation. One of the best recordings I've ever purchased by someone of such youth. I will enjoy hearing her subsequent musical adventures.

This album is smoothe! Best by far are the slow melodic tunes (Not the Moon,
San Diego Serenade, Shadow/Smile). The clarity and style of her voice are unique; they make you
think and be inspired. You'll love it for sentimental reasons, even if you don't know
what you're being sentimental about. Relax and be entertained!

Jeffrey Kirschner

Leib is truly girted!!
Leib has a gift that must be shared!!

Devon Bartlett

A lot of people can sing but not many can scat!
A lot of people can sing but not many can scat(!) but this girl can hang with the best of them. Fondly reminiscent of Ella's scatting on "Beginning to See the Light," sara's unique talent and style comes through on her muted vocal trumpet solo on "It's Not the Moon" and her scat solo on "The Shadow of Your Smile." With great musicians backing her and great arrangements, this CD is highly recommended.

Ed Hattauer

Move over Diane Krall and Jane Monheit-Sarah's here!
The title song appears to be Sara's words written to accompany one of my favorite old Gerry Mulligan CDs and title tune "Night Lights". At one point, I thought I heard the original flugelhorn(Art Farmer) and valve trombone(Bobby Brookmeyer) solos-but it is really Sarah scatting-unbelievable. Great swing and soul-and a dynamite trio with a wonderful assortment of tunes from traditional jazz to Tom Waits, etc.

Mike Linver

She blew me away! Wow!
What a wonderful surprise! Sara Leib has an amazing voice, with a style and presence that captures you ear and your heart. I feel like I have known her all my life. She has a brilliant future- I can't wait for her next recording!