What They’re Saying …

What They’re Saying … 2018-05-25T23:15:17+00:00

light out of darkness

Susan Krebs‘ two previous recordings, Simple Gifts (2015) and Everything Must Change (2012) are the journey bringing us to the present Spring: Light Out of Darkness. Krebs is already well known for a bold soul and fearless creative muse, two characteristics she draws upon deeply as she recasts the songs of spring, emphasizing the season’s reputation for renewal and regeneration…Splendid, as is the treatment of Stravinsky’s Rite. First rate music making, this.   ~ All About Jazz/C. Michael Bailey

Anyone soulful and spiritually intuitive enough to celebrate the season of renewal by juxtaposing a bluesy Ray Charles classic alongside fresh, inspired arrangements of pieces by Vivaldi and Stravinsky deserves our deepest love and attention… Working with her unique four piece jazz chamber band – featuring piano, woodwinds, percussion and violin – Krebs mines the jazz, classical and Broadway realms to create a beautiful story.  ~ JW Vibe/Jonathan Widran

Krebs’ strong, passionate voice bursts through the beauty of her latest release.  Her chamber band takes jazz to a new level as they fill the airwaves with so much sound.  It is so appropriate that their latest is called SPRING-Light out of Darkness, as that is just what their music brings forth.  You can’t listen to these glorious standards without being filled with light. Thanks to Susan Krebs for bringing that light to our world.  ~  Bob Leggett/Indie Voice

As you listen to Susan’s magical vocal work, you will find your ears are totally wrapped around the aura she creates… like a really great book, you won’t be able to stop listening until the last note – it’s spellbinding… I give Susan’s enchanting Chamber Band a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, for this treasure of an album.  ~ Dick Metcalf / Contemporary Fusion Reviews

I would have liked more … memorable. ~ Robert Rusch / Cadence Magazine

A very interesting, out of the ordinary session.  ~  Chris Spector/Midwest Record

Simple Gifts

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

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

Inventive arrangements and concepts always carry risks… there’s magic to be heard. – 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.  ~ Music Man Blog

The SUSAN KREBS Chamber Band – “Simple Gifts” CD is a synergy of memorable compositions, and outstanding performances by impeccably talented artists condensed into a single, intimate collaborative recording. This “music of friends” first heard in ‘living rooms and small theaters’ has all the forceful ingredients of the killer, classic ‘jam session’ that it is: virtuosic spontaneity; a reprise of the music of remarkable composers, with in-the-moment verve and conviviality; tempered and ‘cooked’ by riveting lead vocalist Susan Krebs… But describing Susan Krebs solely as a “jazz Singer,” is to miss what she is deep in her heart: “a song stylist.” A vocalist assigned to this poetic realm, must be by definition, a fastidious interpreter of the lyric. Krebs is exceptional; she eschews no vocal challenge: demonstrating enviable pitch range, extraordinary intonation, and a finely tuned sense of vocal dynamics which she puts to good use over the course of eight highly entertaining music tracks… 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

Everything Must Change  

A jazz singer steeped in experience with a “no fear” soul… The double-shot of experience and exuberance is what characterizes Krebs’ art, and she spreads both liberally on Everything Must Change.  ~ C. Michael Bailey/All About Jazz

Krebs has the latitude to make the music she wants to make and add her own special sauce as and when needed.  Here we have an intimate, gutsy jazz vocal date…and she once again shows that she can handle any facet of jazz singing.   ~ Chris Spector/Midwest Record

The creative arrangements allow for warm, expressive conversations between the vocalist and instrumentalists. Krebs’ earthy vocal presence is surrounded by the intimacy of her longtime collaborators, Rich Eames (piano) and Jerry Kalaf (drums)… She’s a sincere singer whose ballads and sense of swing remind me of Shirley Horn. At the same time, think Sheila Jordan for the witty interpretations.   ~ Joe Ross/BlogCritics.Org

Jazz Aviary  

In JAZZ AVIARY, Krebs has created a rare and mesmerizing creative experience.  ~ Don Heckman/Int’l Review of Music

Irresistible offerings from a formidable jazz artist.  ~ All Music Guide

Krebs’ interpretive passion, intelligence, and love for the project can be heard throughout.  ~ Jazz Improv Magazine

Blessedly free of affectation, Krebs rivals Karrin Allyson and Diana Krall in her ability to climb inside a lyric and make it seem she’s lived there her entire life…..a series of delicate yet masterfully constructed origami creatures.  ~ Jazz Times

Krebs and her amazing musicians have created something of singular beauty.  ~  LA Jazz Scene