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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"This CD is a must have…I just fell in love with the song choices, the arrangements, and Sue’s wonderful phrasing and interpretation."
Julie Reyburn
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...Your singing shows a quiet confidence that’s impressive on a first recording. It’s clear that you know you have the right to express your feelings, you truly mean what you say, and you can say it without unnecessary ornamentation. AND, you can swing!"
Annie Dinerman
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
“If you know Susan Matsuki, you'll recognize your friend from the exuberant cover art right through the last thrilling "take" on this impeccably arranged, engineered and performed disc. If you don't know Susan Matsuki, after you've taken this jazz-driven journey you'll feel like you've had a long, rich conversation and will be looking forward to the next one.
The concept for "A New Take" is simple: fresh, often daring, always inventive new interpretations of standards, rarities, and a number of surprising – and successful! – contemporary songs that have been so artfully re-imagined by Susan and her extraordinary arranger/pianist Gregory Toroian that they feel completely new.
The recording captures performances of such immediacy and intimacy that you expect to hear ice cubes clinking and chairs shifting. I almost applauded sitting in my comfy chair in the dark under the headphones. Susan sings with a calm co...
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"I was knocked out by your recording! Your song selections, your arrangements, your voice and your ear for jazz are stunning. And, you have such passion. I had no idea of the scope of your talent."
Sammy Goldstein
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
“I've been watching Susan Matsuki's career develop for years and welcomed the chance to review her new CD. When I received it, I played it straight through, then played it again, then AGAIN. This is a CD that's liable to stay in my CD changer right next to Nancy LaMott. The album is a compilation of steamy sultry jazz takes on standards and pop tunes, remarkably arranged by Gregory Toroian.
Matsuki is always a pleasure on-stage, but she truly comes alive in the studio. Unlike many cabaret performers who don't translate well to the recorded medium, Matsuki brings emotional intensity and vocal insouciance to her debut album. She is joined by the stellar musical performances of Gregory Toroian on piano; Ned Mann, bass; Ron Tierno, percussion; Chris Hajian, trumpet; Gene Bertoncini, guitar; and Bob Kindred, sax. This album has all the seductive silky jazz stylings that the Linda Rondstadt/Nelson Riddle albums should have had. Toroian is truly a find, both...
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TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING
"On Friday I went into town a bit later than usual, catching just one show, at 9:30 pm, at HELEN'S RESTAURANT, CABARET & PIANO LOUNGE (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-206-0609 - http://www.helensnyc.com/ ), where Sue Matsuki was celebrating her birthday as well as presenting the final show of her seven-show retrospective of her 10-year collaboration with her musical director Gregory Toroian. The show was sold out for weeks. It seemed like the entire NYC cabaret community was in attendance. The show got a late start, and continued until nearly 11:15 pm , but every minute was magical! Sue performed 14 songs in this show that were not a part of the repertoire of songs she performed in the first 5 shows. What a glorious evening! What a glorious voice! What a wonderful creative and talented team! I would be hard pressed to choose a show seen in 2005 that was as thrilling and satisfying as this event."
Stu Hamstra, Cabaret HotlineOnL...
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TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING
“Sue Matsuki’s emergence as a cabaret star!
It’s been awhile since we last saw Sue Matsuki perform – not since she was just making her breakthrough to a new level of popularity as well as establishing her foundation of solid professional showmanship. If anything, her popularity has increased during the intervening years – and for good reason: Matsuki is a more polished and assured performer now and her ability to interpret a lyric is more readily apparent.
The show we just saw drew upon the women who have influenced Matsuki. There were some songs associated with the likes of everyone from Doris Day to Ella Fitzgerald. If those influences continue to hold sway in her new show, she should be a force to reckon with. Consider what she did with a song Reba McIntire sings called, “The Greatest Man;” in Matsuki’s hands it becomes a moving tribute to her step-father. In the same way, the Janis Ian song, “Love is Blind: held a personal poignancy fo...
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TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING
“One thing about Sue Matsuki’s current series of shows is certain: if there were an award for sheer ambition, Sue Matsuki would be a finalist at the very least. Her show’s title refers to a cavalcade of six completely different shows (actually seven, but one was sold-out even before the series began) at the Hideaway Room at Helen’s.
For Matsuki, it’s a retrospective of ten years of collaboration with her music director, arranger, accompanist, Gregory Toroian, and the shows they have created and played together. The charts were there, and from them, the two have selected a hundred numbers to provide the musical repast, a dozen and half or so for each musical meal.
This reviewer caught A Plate of Sweetness, a Sunday toast to the ladies who have inspired Matsuki. There were songs associated with Billie, Peggy, Sarah and Ella (any questions about who?). As well as Shirley Horn, Shirley Bassey and others. Matsuki is a seasoned performer who makes no attempt...
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SUE MATSUKI, REACHING FOR THE THIRD STAR
Gourmands on a generous budget who take off for a dining tour of France will usually make the rounds of those few restaurants to which the renowned Guide Michelin has awarded its top honor, three stars. One food critic, however, has suggested they opt for the two-star dining spots. Not only are they superb, but their chefs are constantly trying to outdo themselves, striving for that third star. In the world of cabaret, Sue Matsuki, musing on her talents and her career, deems herself a two-star performer still working her way to the top. There are those who think she has either arrived or is very close. Recently reviewers Barbara and Scott Siegel noted that Sue grows ever more popular, and “for good reason. Matsuki is a more polished and assured performer now and her ability to interpret a lyric is more readily apparent.” Other critics praise her “impeccable musicianship,” the “relaxed engaging alto that one could listen to for hours,” her comic gifts, and the “gems” that consti...
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A Tribute To The Gals Who Make Me Want To Sing
“Sue Matsuki’s new show "A Tribute To The Gals Who Make Me Want To Sing" (Ella, Sarah, Carmen, Peggy, Rosemary, Irene & Dakota) with Gary Pace on piano and John Leohrke on bass, with Frank Fontana serving as director, is another in a series of simple but delightful presentations by this MAC Award-winning artist. In this show Sue explains how female vocalist of the past have influence the way she sings and the way she approaches a song. But she makes no attempt to imitate their styles as she performs their songs. Instead, she makes them her own, setting each one with a personal observation, and adapting the song to her marvelous vocals. Lesson to be learned from Sue? Try to make the audience feel that the song was written with you in mind. I see too many shows where performers give the impression that they are merely singing someone else’s songs. Want to learn about what cabaret is, while at the same time being thoroughly entertained? See this show.” Stu Hamstra, CabaretH...
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