The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and WBGO Radio, Newark NJ
The warmest seasonal greetings to you all. Thank you for your continued interest in the music and I look forward to seeing more of you in 2011.
December 16th Performance in New York City
Rebecca, Larry Grenadier and Bill McHenry will perform music from "When I Was Long Ago" on Thursday, December 16th 2010 at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Showtimes are 7:30pm and 9:30pm. To get tickets, click on this LINK.
It's been a wonderful year of press and recognition. Here are some highlights:
“The jazz singer Rebecca Martin can sing slow swing with a supreme sense of centering around the pulse, re-designing melodies and making her voice crinkle at emotional points. And when the drumming goes away completely, she grows stronger…the musicians give her molasses swing and empathy and lots of empty space, and she takes care of the rest.”
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
“On her gorgeously intimate new album ‘When I Was Long Ago’ the singer Rebecca Martin addresses a program of jazz standards as if sifting through treasured momentos”.
"When I Was Long Ago" Makes Many Top 10 Lists in 2010
Nate Chinen, The New York Times
* Check out Rebecca, Larry and Bill on WBGO's "the Checkout" with Josh Jackson.
* "...One of the most exceptional jazz vocal recordings of the year." The Wall Street Journal writes this month in their feature piece "An Interpreter of Melodies - Vocalist Rebecca Martin Finds Distinctive Ways to Present the Jazz Canon" by Martin Johnson.
Many thanks to all of the publications and radio stations who have taken the time to share "When I Was Long Ago" with their audience.
Sterophile, All About Jazz and Telerama (France) report that "When I Was Long Ago" have made their top 10 list for 2010.
* Rebecca has teamed up with Becca Stevens and Gretchen Parlato to create 'Girls Gone Mild" which will preview in New York City at Cornelia Street Cafe on January 27th and 28th, 2011.
* Rebecca will be teaching at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2011 to further develop her program "The Songwriters Track". If you are interested in attending, please visit this LINK for more details.
"When I Was Long Ago" (Sunnyside Records) available online and at Itunes
When I Was Long Ago (Sunnyside) is available at Amazon or on Itunes.
Other titles by Rebecca Martin
The Growing Season (Sunnyside) Amazon Itunes
Thoroughfare (Sunnyside) Itunes
People Behave Like Ballads (MAXJAZZ) Amazon Itunes
Middlehope (Fresh Sound) Amazon Itunes
On Broadway Volume 4 (w/Paul Motian) Amazon
Once Blue (EMI) Itunes
Francois Zalacain, Sunnyside Records (President)
Anders Chan Tidemann, Word of Mouth Music
Patrice Fehlen, September Gurl PR
|In the press...
"Rebecca Martin's vocals are like Modigliani portraits. They share a sharply honed, less-is-more sensibility that, paradoxically, adds to their depth, their denseness and their haunting aftereffects". Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
"Rebecca Martin possesses a voice as intelligent as Joni Mitchell but with a different timbre. She emotes the firmness of a woman confident in her musiciality and delivers these standards in their full scope, often declared in the verse rather than in the chorus. Larry Grenadier's bass literally surrounds her voice with affectionate commentary and Bill McHenry's saxophone winds around her words with the discretion of a faithful servant. Our enthusiasm for her musicality and the way in which she re-invents the tradition cannot be contained."
Michel Contat, Telerama (France)
As a jazz artist, this is where Rebecca Martin creates an entirely new concept in singing, changing forever the idea that voice needs accpaniment. It is here that Rebecca enters into the inner circle of
singers who know what it means to sing jazz. It really becomes obvious that singing to her is an art form seperate from
the glamour of an industry that is of secondary interest to her.
Jazz Magazine, (France)
"Rebecca Martin's new recording is a bold, daring and beautifully successful approach to standards. With no chordal instrument as an anchor and a live-to-two track recording, this exceptional singer has made what feels like a revolutionary
approach with life in a new way."
All About Jazz, New York
""Lush Life" is another great song, and Martin's eccentric joint venture with Grenadier is one of the definitive versions. Her voice is complex; athletic enough to leap among the song's intervals, sometimes pure, sometimes rough at the edges, always real."
Thomas Conrad, Sterophile
"It's deceivingly difficult ("When I Was Long Ago"), what she's up to here; she's dedicated only to giving this material a great "read," of getting every breath and syllable and pitch and phrase just so. She doesn't scat or improvise, and she doesn't have to. A melody can be a marvel. And when she gets it right -- which she does pretty frequently -- it's exquisite.
Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR All Things Considered