Debut solo recording from this acclaimed New York City jazz artist (recently named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time) features jazz legend George Coleman along with The Daryl Kojak Trio. Soulful, broadly emotional and unpredictable treatments of some of the worlds greatest jazz & blues standards — past present & future!
— Dave Nathan – allaboutjazz.com
“With an unusually pliant set of vocal chords, Laurie Krauz has a ball on her first album. The album’s kick off piece, the Ellington/Strayhorn masterpiece, “Day Dream”, sets the high standard for what’s to follow…. she combines the best of cabaret and jazz singing. She has the respect for the lyrics one usually finds within cabaret as well as the ability to use her voice as an instrument, without over embellishing on the latter. This is a wonderful maiden album and will cause listeners to become impatient waiting for her next one.”
— Michael Laprarie – JazzReview.com
“Krauz possesses a voice of remarkable range and dynamics. She is also a talented improviser who has a remarkable understanding of the jazz language. She imitates a muted trumpet on Kojak’s original “Ducksoup” with a remarkable attention to not only the sound but also the phrasing and breath of a jazz instrumentalist. In contrast to current jazz singing sweetheart Diana Krall, Laurie Krauz is not an introspective or wispy balladeer. When she is ready, Krauz comes straight at you with both barrels blazing, her voice moving from a whisper to a joyous howl within the space of a bar.
Jazz aficionados should welcome this impressive debut album from a singer who will certainly be making her mark on the jazz scene for years to come.”
— H. Scott Jolley – TIME OUT NEW YORK
“You won’t believe your ears — this jazz singer’s velvety voice is a wonder to behold.” (“Critic’s Picks”)”
— David Hurst – Show Business
“Vocal and style comparisons to icons such as Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Annie Ross are inevitable as Krauz often seems to be channeling them while putting her own unique stamp on the material…. and her amazing recreation of a muted trumpet on “Ducksoup,” … is worth the price of the CD. (Note – it wasn’t until the third playing that I realized it wasn’t a trumpet!)”
— George W. Carroll/The Musicians’ Ombudsman – ejazznews.com
“Her offering of the Mendes/Bergman bossa, So Many Stars was a veritable tour de force. She’s obviously a seasoned pro…. Krauz focuses on her songs with a strong musical sense thus enhancing their beauty. Send me some tickets Laurie and break a leg girl!”
Laurie Krauz explodes onto stage “moving from a whisper to a joyous howl within the space of a bar” (JazzReview.com). A jazz singer who fuses blues, gospel, R&B — and anything else she lands her voice on — weaving it…