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Voice of North Carolina.org
Review of Raleigh Symphony/ Jazz Orchestra
October 11, 2009. By Paul D.
of Orange County Press Release, March 4, 2009
Parlor Concert with Susan Reeves Trio
Downtowner Magazine, vol5 issue2
Raleigh Jazz Orchestra Review,
Voice of North Carolina.org
Review of Chapel Hill Community Chorus Concert
July 20, 2007. By Ken Hoover
Durham Herald-Sun, "Durham singer
to resurrect an unheard 'classic' " July
20, 2007 By Sonia L. Johnson, including photo
by Walt Unks,
(Used by permission)
(Click to see page:)
WCOM 103.5 LP FM Carrboro NC
April 15, 2007
radio interview on "Melva's Musings on Jazz," with host
Okun. Summary at her
WSHA 88.9 FM Raleigh NC
October 10, 2006
radio interview and guest programmer on "Straight No Chaser:Tuesday Edition,"
with host Riley.
WSHA 88.9 FM Raleigh NC
Live radio interview on "Local Artist Showcase",
an hour with
CD Single "Madame Heartache"
is featured in "HOT PICKS" for
the week of July 10-16,
2006. See page and comments:
88.9 FM Raleigh NC
April 26, 2006
Live radio performance
and interview with host John Bouille, joined by Jules van Binsbergen,
piano & Peter Innocenti, bass.
Tar Heel, "Weaver Street Concerts..."
Alexander Trowbridge, including photo by Allison Miller,
April 3, 2006
Durham Herald-Sun, "Emerging Artists" By Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell,
including photo by Walt Unks,
December 16, 2004
Many moods of jazzSusan Reeves, "Alive!" (Bent 4 Music).
Local jazz singer with local duo at local jazz club -- another example of Triangle
talent that transcends the backwater connotation of "local." Reeves
studied under Mary Lou Williams and Paul Jeffrey at Duke. She sings Clifford Brown's
challenging "Joy Spring," reason enough to commend this CD. (see
By OWEN CORDLE
The Raleigh News & Observer, Gift
Nov. 28, 2004
Susan Reeves, "aLive"
By OWEN CORDLE
The Raleigh News & Observer,
Steady progress has guided
Triangle singer Susan Reeves' career, which began in Paul Jeffrey's jazz department
at Duke University. Jazz continually poses something new to learn, something old
to reassess and something fundamental to shore up. For Reeves, impressive results
appear throughout "aLive" (Bent 4 Music), recorded at Jayzz jazz club
in Raleigh with Triangle musicians Dana Chell (guitar) and Ben Palmer (bass).
Guest pianist Martin Eagle appears on one track.
The album opens with
Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring," a daunting bebop workout that offers
no shade along the way. Reeves sprints securely in her bright, optimistic voice
as Palmer walks a firm line underneath. Chell solos with a tone and melodic approach
reminiscent of Jim Hall. He consistently intrigues throughout the album as he
superimposes occasional boxy rhythmic phrases over the swing feel of Palmer's
bass and meshes webs of harmonically arresting arpeggios. Sometimes he captures
the spirit of Hall more than Hall himself does these days.
group transforms "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" into a blue sunrise,
with Reeves jivey and overtly bluesy. The Hoagy Carmichael ballad "Skylark"
affords an earful of the singer's sweet vibrato (which recalls Marlene VerPlanck,
admittedly an obscure reference, but perhaps familiar to some) and in-the-tradition
On "As Long as I Live,"
Reeves' exaggerated enunciation and phrasing trip the "caution" light
for me. Can't say that I'm a fan of this mannered approach. Things right themselves
for the remainder of the album, which includes, among others, a fine and mellow
"Come Rain or Come Shine" and a nicely paced Reeves ballad called "Let
Me Fall in Love."
Reeves recorded this
album four months before she and Palmer performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival
this summer. A CD release party is scheduled for Friday at Vin Rouge in Durham
with Chell, Palmer and Eagle. The album is available from the singer's Web site,
"Talent deserving wider recognition" is a common
expression, a cliché fraught with overtones of frustration, inexplicable
whatever. Happily, none of this applies to Susan Reeves.
"Talent destined for wider recognition." A much more felicitous thought.
And that's what applies here. I knew that immediately a couple of years ago when
Susan and guitarist Dana Chell performed live on my WSHA radio show. The voice,
timing, phrasing, focus, the obviously meticulous attention to repertoire. It
was obvious to me that Susan, unlike many "jazz singers," is a consummate
musician. And from the first bar, Chell brought forth a reminder of why Johnny
Smith was always one of my favorite guitarists.
two years later, there's a newfound confidence in Susan's presentation. A confidence
that can only come through working with excellent musicians who are willing to
put forth the effort she expects. And I can tell you from close observation that
working with Susan is no jam session. The ever increasing pace of bookings, rehearsals,
constant introduction of new material into the repertoire, including originals
(check out Susan's "Let Me Fall in Love" on this disc). As a musician,
Susan knows exactly what she wants. What's more rare, I think she knows how to
get there too. In the same sense that Betty Carter knew. A deep understanding
of what nurtures her performance.
Reeves aLive" is a great snapshot of an artist well on her way to wider,
richly deserved recognition. This may be your first Susan Reeves CD. It won't
be your last. -Bob Rogers
(88.9), Raleigh, NC
"...susan has incredible quality
in her voice and delivers the jazz with passion plus!!"
dr. mike matheny, radioioJAZZ.com
"Especially impressive was the
lead-off song by Bobby Sharp, "Madame Heartache," to which Reeves has
laid claim as a signature tune."
exuberant and swinging delivery and delicious tone."
- Mike Volow, CD Baby
"You have a very
melodic, alluring, free-flowing voice that draws the listener in. ...it sounded
absolutely beautiful. You have an exceptionally musical voice, it catches your
attention right away... you're top of my list... you will be a hit. "
- Ben Herrmann, Director
Waterfront Concert Series
Jazz Ensemble captured the spirit of that era best behind vocalist Susan [Reeves].
Someone said, 'She sings classy pretty,' and, indeed, her phrasing, poise and
"class" made you think of Rosemary Clooney."
Cordle, The News& Observer
"Dirty Dozen Sets Staid Stewart
"The Jeffrey Quintet did more than warm up the audience
at Stewart Theater in Raleigh..."
"Jeffrey's quintet for this set
was an attractive group, headlining the bop scatting of Susan [Reeves], largely
in unison with but sometimes in counterpoint to the leader's tenor. The effect
is to combine the heavier tone of the sax with a musical tone similar to a flute,
but with the additional warmth of the human voice. It worked nicely Sunday, especially
in midpassage when Miss [Reeves] sang the lyrics to the Gershwin standard Embraceable
You and then joined Jeffrey in the variant, and when she shadowed his horn
line on Bemsha they worked some lovely harmonies on the tune."
-R.C. Smith, Durham Morning Herald
"Perhaps the high point of the evening was vocalist Susan
[Reeves], whose singing . . . revealed a fine voice and musical sense."
Louise Lofquist, The Chronicle
[Reeves] was hot. She hit everything with power and assurance: practically blew
the top off of every note. She took a solo flight
which had the audience
yelling their approval."
- Branson Edwards, The Chronicle
See the clip from NBC17 news! (used with permission)
Sunday December 28,
2003: The Susan Reeves Quartet with
Dana Chell, guitar; Ben Palmer, bass; Todd Proctor, drums. Filmed at Jayzz, in
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