On a carousel of eclectic jazz from Bebop to Bossa Nova, Christiana Drapkin and Charles Sibirsky, put forth a delightful project released through IANA Records stamped for your pleasure as "Songs About You." Ms. Drapkin haunts the disc with a smooth but very distinct vocal performance that has legs for future memorable achievements. Partner and pianist Mr. Sibirsky reveals his gifts admirably on this project, adding the proper touch to the vocals enjoyed. Murray Wall offers the subtle bass sounds along with instrumental efforts from John Merrill (Guitar) and Charles Krachy (Tenor Saxophone).
"Songs About You" her second project following her debut piece "The Man I Love" displays a diverse range of her talents. Six new tunes appear on this project as well as standards like "Time on My Hands" and "Out of Nowhere," to name a few. All performed with the fervor they justifiably warrant. Ms. Drapkin’s voice delivers just the right tone and mood to each tune making for a gratifying experience in jazz vocal artistry.
Sibirsky’s "Formation" is a captivating yet sweltering bebop illustration in sound. Ms. Drapkin takes her signature innovative attitude and plays with it. Very interesting and one can appreciate the composition complexity engaged in the technique of Sibirsky.
Krachy’s "Jazzman Serenade" is a fine saxophonist’s effort, with a soulful set of pipes to adorn this composition. This piece, along with delicate keyboards is a heartfelt effort that deserves notice.
Many vocal efforts cross the plane of the jazz world each year, many should read, Return to Sender. However, this project lifts an eyebrow or two, when the disc takes a spin. Angelic at times, Ms. Drapkin has the ability not only to sing but also more importantly capture the attentiveness of the listener. A well produced and composed addition to a collection for 2005.Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster who can be reached at
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