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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...I adored the selection of songs and was particularly thrilled with the way you did Have You Got Any Castles..."
Margaret Whiting, (Cabaret Legend, daughter of Richard Whiting who, of course, wrote “Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?” with Johnny Mercer)
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
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 j...
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"Another treat for jazz lovers is Sue Matsuki’s album, A New Take. Matsuki, who won the 2002 MAC Award for Best Female Jazz Artist, has crafted an album with musical director Gregory Toroian that gives a new spin to old jazz standards and a jazzy spin to some contemporary songs. Thus, jazz chestnuts like "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "Bluesette" are given a fresh coat of paint and songs not usually associated with jazz, such as Carly Simon’s "Anticipation" and Janis Ian’s "Love Is Blind," are given new shadings. Matsuki has a fresh, unaffected voice that envelops the songs like a glove, giving equal attention to melody and lyric (a rarity in the jazz world)."
Jonathan Frank, Talkin’ Broadway
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"I’m a big fan of yours…you knocked me out!"
Amanda McBroom, Writer of “The Rose”
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...Matsuki has a clean, clear and unaffected voice that is both lovely and interesting ... she uses it artfully and sings with sincerity ... now's the time for her to spread her wings and take off..."
David Hurst, Show Business
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...get your hands on this recording -- one of the best I've listened to all year!" I’ve always been a fan of Ms. Matsuki so it is no surprise to me that her CD A New Take is such a delight. With the solid base of Gregory Toroian’s inventive and insightful arrangements, and the assistance of a great studio band (with special appearances by Gene Bertoncini and Bob Kindred), Sue delivers a recording that presents standards in new wrappings. Her clear, soothing vocals and clever stylings make for an hour or so of pure joy..."
Stu Hamstra, Cabaret HotLineOnLine
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...Sue Matsuki has A New Take, a jazz disc with the marvelous Bob Kindred on tenor sax making it more interesting than your average release. When Matsuki plays with the lyric on the slower tempos...like I'm Gonna Miss You, penned by Mel Tormé which is beautifully done...no over-the-top angst but rather a light touch of sad melancholy..."
Lesley Alexander, WRTN-FM's program, "Welcome To The Club - Broadcasted on August 31, 2001
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...Sue Matsuki meant one thing with the title of her CD A New Take. You can add one more: take it home. Fresh and exciting, this is jazz that neither loses the melodic line nor the meaning of the lyrics. The arrangements have style, the singing has warmth and sincerity, and the ultimate compliment is that the CD wears well on the ear. As soon as you hear the album once through you’ll likely want to hear it again..."
Barbara & Scott Siegel, Siegel Entertainment Syndicate/Backstage
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"Your CD is wonderful – it’s great to hear the songs and hear the joy with which you sing!"
DC Anderson
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"This is my initial response, straight from the heart: I just finished working on a film involving the supernatural. And an element of it had to do with the conjuring of spirits of those who went before (living and dead) in order to create something new and alive. And I thought about that as I was listening to the CD tonight.
“I felt George Shearing and Eddie Jefferson draw close. Out of the corner of my eye in the darkened corner there was Cleo Laine with John Coltrane, but when I looked over they were gone in a purple mist that seemed to hold reflections of Nichele Nichols, Mundell Lowe, Stan Getz and Diane Schuur. With the scent of Julie London in the air around me.
But none of that is exactly right.
The instrumentation and arrangements were superb, your performance marvelous, the concept incredibly well executed. But those are all individual elements…and what I heard was a single entity, a living thing that swept around me and took me away...
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