|"Promises to Burn"|
Tall Grass Records congratulates jazz vocalist Janice Borla, whose highly-acclaimed CD Promises to Burn (TG 8281) was just listed in the December issue of DownBeat Magazine as one of the "Best CDs of 2014."
This is her second consecutive release to be so honored. Her previous CD From Every Angle (Blujazz BJ3350) was similarly named among DownBeat's "Best of the Year."
The CD also features such stellar musicians as Scott Robinson (saxophone/flute), Art Davis (trumpet), John McLean (guitar), Bob Bowman (bass) and Jack Mouse (drums).
Promises to Burn is available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and other fine music retailers. Check out the reviews below…
* * * * "Borla pulls off a hat trick on this disc: She's on equal footing with her instrumentalists but remains the focal point with stellar performances…An impressive musical feat. 4 stars!"
~ Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat
"Among the best, boldest and most innovative vocalists around…Working exclusively with Borla's arrangements, the sextet exercises its fervent cohesion across a marvelously wide-ranging playlist…vocal-based jazz symbiosis rarely reaches such splendor."
~ Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
"Meaty…Here is a 'jazz singer' who understands what a jazz sextet is; my kind of singer and my kind of group."
~ Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine
"Here's a lady that really defines 'jazz vocalist.' A wonderful album…You're going to LOVE this one!"
~ George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
"This is terrific jazz music making from a queen of scat as well as pure vocal beauty…Her ensemble couldn't be better. Another winner, here."
~ Grady Harp, Amazon.com
"Superb album…One of the best singers in the Chicago area…Her scat singing is quite inventive, revealing a deep knowledge of jazz harmony."
~ Tom Cunniffe, Jazz History Online
"…Her voice is an instrument to be reckoned with. She is a force of nature."
~ Jack Goodstein, BlogCritics
* * * * "…Again demonstrates her impressive versatility as a musician…Her sheer vocal audacity…pinpoint precision…striking notes as truly as any instrument, (and) her wordless vocalizing, flaunted to full effect…"
~ Sally Evans-Darby, Jazz Journal (UK)
"Superb! Janice's voice is a jewel, and her group shows that it's a pleasure to play with her."
~ Serge Warin, Radio Grand Brive, France
"…Round and polished performances showing off Borla's impressive scat and vocalese capabilities…Borla has chops to spare."
~ C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
"Janice makes clear with her full, rich vocal sound and her superb musicianship that jazz singing is in more than capable hands."
~ Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly
"Her) scatting…is irresistible. The entire album is wonderful! Great arrangements."
~ Randy Morse, The Best of Brazil
"Always hipster-cool, literati inventive, and friendly while dancing on the outskirts of traditional forms."
~ Mark Tucker, AcousticMusic.com
"What a quandary…Which track to play from a CD that is perfect!"
~ Tony Soley, 10Radio, UK
"Most highly recommended, particularly for folks who love vocals with substance. Vocal jazz that you can listen to over and over again."
~ Rotcod Zzaj
New CD: Janice Borla Group "Promises to Burn". Recomended at www.jazzglobalbeat.blogspot.com (March 26, 2014)