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Simple Gifts

by The Susan Krebs Chamber Band

A new paradigm = a fresh and exciting jazz approach to the 400 year old chamber music concept; a truly collaborative effort by some of LA's finest jazz musicians, creating a full and rich sound, perfectly suited to Krebs' emotive voice and musical vision.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. Let's Call a Heart a Heart
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2. Looking Back
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3. So Many Stars
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4. Once Upon a Summertime
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5. Falling Grace
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6. Throw It Away
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7. For All We Know
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8. Simple Gifts
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Album Notes
Krebs' recording is that potent, fecund, and essential… an extension and a perfection of that effort to push jazz boundaries into alternate areas… I do not anticipate hearing a more satisfying or original recording the rest of this year. ***** 5 STARS
~ C. Michael Bailey/All About Jazz

Like food cooked over a slow Bohemian fire, “simple gifts” is savory and satisfying… Honed in small venues and living rooms, “simple gifts” is an album to ponder vignette by vignette. ~ Carlo Wolff/DOWNBEAT

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band makes intimate jazz that swings, sways, soars, but never roars… “simple gifts” is intimate yet expansive, playful yet emotionally strong, music to lift your spirits. ~ Richard Kamins/Step Tempest

Virtuosic spontaneity, tempered and 'cooked' by riveting lead vocalist Susan Krebs… she eschews no vocal challenge: demonstrating enviable pitch range, extraordinary intonation, and a finely tuned sense of vocal dynamics…There is no escaping the magic embedded in these “simple gifts”, as Krebs makes her songs personal, authentic and unforgettable.
~ C.J. Bond/Jazz Music Blog

Inventive arrangements and concepts…there’s magic to be heard.
~ Dan Bilawsky/All About Jazz

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band takes the classic Chamber Music concept, infuses wonderful modern day musical thinking and performing and suddenly it becomes a new Jazz paradigm… I can only describe the music on this CD as fresh and beautiful.
~ Robert Nicosia/Music Man Blog

Krebs and her band sound like no one else in today’s jazz world… the vibe here is contemporary jazz drawing from many influences from the past… Susan is an excellent singer, blessed with a strong voice that understands jazz nuance.
~ John Sanders/Jazz Music Archives

So nice to hear jazz performed in a slightly different manner. The sessions must be fabulous over at Susan’s Salon with great vocals and musicians…Wonderful new release from Susan Krebs and highly recommended. 4 Stars
~ Matthew Thiel, Jazz Music Archives

There is great cohesion and musical sympathy shared by the ensemble throughout the project.
~ Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

These salons have inspired Krebs’ latest recording, “simple gifts,” which contain many of the best songs from the Great American Songbook with a new jazz twist… Krebs’ emotional interpretations are beautifully rendered and adeptly accompanied by her chamber ensemble.
~ Paula Edelstein, AXS

Jazz vocalist Susan Krebs’ new CD, simple gifts, takes a fresh and exciting jazz approach to the four hundred-year-old classical music concept of chamber music, which comprises performing with a small ensemble in a room or reception hall. The idea for the Susan Krebs Chamber Band's new recording ~ simple gifts ~ grew from music salons hosted by Krebs at her home and performed before a small audience of music lovers. Because of the intimate space, Krebs had to make creative choices about the instrumentation, and hence, there is no drum kit or bass; rather, this small group of very talented Los Angeles musicians manages to create a full and rich sound perfectly suited to Krebs’ emotive voice and musical vision.

~ simple gifts ~ is a truly collaborative effort of kindred spirits, who have performed together in various combinations over the years. A unique vocal artist, avid gardener and bird lover, Krebs says her work is "about the art of becoming - whether working with plants or music or with oneself - to dig down, to cultivate, to encourage growth, to thrive and flourish, and eventually to let go and begin the cycle anew."



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