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From The Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
A NEW TAKE YAK 2000 (Available on Amazon.com)
Sue Matsuki (vcl); Chris Hajian (tpt); Bob Kindred (ts); Gregory Toroian (p, arr); Gene Bertoncini (g); Ned Mann (b); Ronald J. Tierno (d). New York, October/November 2000.
“Speaking of Happiness/ Bluesette/ I’m Gonna Miss You/ You Brought a New Kind of Love/ Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars/ Astrud/ I’ll Close My Eyes/ It’s Nice Weather for Ducks/ I Whistle a Happy Tune/ Whistling Away the Dark/ Moondance/ Runaway/ Love Is Blind/ Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?/ the Shadow of Your Smile/ the Shining Sea/ Shaking the Blues Away/ Anticipation. TT 58:53.
Sue Matsuki is well known in New York, where she’s an award winning regular in clubs, when not performing in musicals and opera. Her groove is jazz— she won the 2002 MAC award for best jazz vocalist, and this disc brings her to a wider audience. Matsuki is her married name— she’s Connecticut born, of Swedish-French descent. Her style is somewhere in the good region of Irene Kral. Her approaches to these new and old songs are dead on, whether blues, ballad, or rhythm is the right choice. And with the fine band and superb arrangements, she can turn on a dime.
The instrumental contributions match Matsuki’s singing. The rhythm section is flawless, enhancing and never interfering. Several passages are lovely duets for Matsuki and bass, guitar, or piano. The Al Cohn-like tenor of Bob Kindred nicely complements the singer on several tracks, and arranger-pianist Greg Toroian matches Matsuki’s versatility and taste, whether in support or solos.
Each track is a gem. In an ideal universe, this album would go platinum.”
Art Hilgart, the Journal of International Association of Jazz Records Collectors.