Elizabeth Soychak | Behave Yourself

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Behave Yourself

by Elizabeth Soychak

A totally fresh recording of sultry, sentimental and swinging standards.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Someone To Light Up My Life
5:04 $0.99
2. In A Sentimental Mood
5:01 $0.99
3. Behave Yourself
4:24 $0.99
4. September Song
4:03 $0.99
5. Close Enough For Love
5:23 $0.99
6. Star Eyes
4:29 $0.99
7. Early Autumn
5:50 $0.99
8. April In Paris
3:45 $0.99
9. That Old Feeling
4:24 $0.99
10. Lush Life
4:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
A totally fresh recording of sultry, sentimental and swinging standards. Check out lyricist roger schore's saucy new tune, 'Behave Yourself,' the rich new arrangement of 'In a Sentimental Mood' and the naked vulnerability of 'September Song.' Enjoy!

The Players: (Elizabeth refers to them as "The Amazing Four")
Chris Tarrow (guitar)
Tedd Firth (piano)
Tom Hubbard (bass)
Keith Hall (drums)

Recorded and mixed by Dave Kowalski at Hillside Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ.
Mastered by Phil Magnotti at Carriage House Recording Studios, Stamford, CT

Questions? Please e-mail Ms. Soychak

According to Jerome Wilson in the March 2004 issue of Cadence:

"Judging from her picture on the cover of BEHAVE YOURSELF, Elizabeth Soychak is a young woman, but her singing is mature beyond her years. She has a pure quality to her voice and she sings these songs with more understanding than a young singer usually does. Listen to the way she drifts through "September Song" and "Close Enough For Love," the kind of songs that normally only work in veteran hands. She also gets vibrant and haunting when dancing through uptempo songs like "Behave Yourself" and "Star Eyes." Even Billy Strayhorn's imperishable art song, "Lushlife," gets a memorable reading, full of youthful energy and worldly regret at the same time. Her musical accompaniment forms a delicate but strong backdrop to her singing. Elizabeth Soychak seems a very promising singer, the kind that might really flower on a big label under the current vocalist boom."



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Hi Beth, Your CD is terrific. I'd love to buy a copy.
I loved this CD. I think it is a must have.

Joe Merlino

A talent that bears watching
First a disclaimer: I know Elizabeth Soychak personally, and have also worked with her musically, however, I was not involved in any way with the production of this CD. That said, from a purely critical standpont, I think this CD is terrific. While Soychak's vocal abilities are never in doubt, what really interests here is her subtle manipulation of mood. Every song on this disc positively drips atmosphere. No selection exemplifies this more than Duke Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood". Guitarist Chris Tarrow gives the tune a slinky arrangement. Cannily, the only solo on this cut is taken by the bass, which slides seamlessly in and out of the soundscape. Soychak works the mood, but doesn't overdo it. Other standouts along these lines are "Close Enough for Love" and "Early Autumn".

I was a little disappointed that there weren't more uptempo numbers. Clearly Soychak's intent is to keep the focus on the atmospherics, but I really enjoyed the more energetic outings. The Brown/Fain number "That Old Feeling" gets a vigorous workout complete with terriffic solos from Tarrow and pianist Ted Firth. This cut has a loose, jamming feel about it and provides a nice break from the rest of the disc's self-conciousness. In a similar vein, "Star Eyes" is a fun romp. Another Tarrow arrangement, this one gets recast in 5/4 time and sounds like it should have been written that way in the first place. My only beef with this one is that I felt the "homage" to Dave Brubeck (Firth keeps time while drummer Keith Hall solos) was too obvious. The song and arrangement are more than strong enough to hold up by themselves without dragging "Take Five" into it.

It will be interesting to watch Soychak as she matures as a jazz artist. She has the vocal ability to make credible statements, as well as a strong sense of personal presentation. To that, I'd like to see her add a dose of lightness and humor. If she can manage that, she'll be one of the most fully developed personalites currently interpreting standard material. She's already a far more three-dimensional interpreter than some of the better known vocalists out there.