NEW REVIEWS for EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE:
Krebs has the latitude to make the music she wants to make and add her own special sauce as and when needed. Here we have an intimate, gutsy jazz vocal date where she isn’t afraid not to hold back an emotion. Making it seem like she’s doing what comes naturally, her latest is a side step away from her past outings and she once again shows that she can handle any facet of jazz singing. (Chris Spector/Midwest Record)
Refreshing...A wonderfully eclectic release with an N.P.R vibe and a warm rich sound that works hand in glove with her vocals. A somewhat personal release which reflects upon some favorites of Krebs and the current social-political climate we live in today. Normally when an artist begins mixing social commentary with their music and especially jazz then my attention span and tolerance level are equivalent to the interest I have in an Obama press conference. The release works because it does not push a message but instead shines the spotlight on the music which Krebs delivers with a refreshing honesty and clearly shows her comfort zone as an artist.
Working with long time collaborators Rich Eames and Jerry Kalaf has a subtle chemistry that brings the music and vocals together in a nice working band setting. The joy of making music is nice. The joy of making good music is Susan Krebs. Everything Must Change opens with a spot on version of the Freddie/Hubbard/Abbey Lincoln tune "Up Jumped Spring." The Cole Porter classic "What Is This Thing Called Love" along with the Billy Strayhorn tune "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing" showcase Krebs unique ability to reinvent a timeless standard without disrespecting the original or herself and this is the true sign of an artist. An intimate all most live studio sound seems to permeate this recording giving new meaning to the often tired critical term "organic."
Having shifted a career away from stage, screen and television it would appear Krebs has made the correct career decision with pursuing singing as her vocation of choice. In her press release Krebs describes her musical odyssey as "the art of becoming" and given the 24/7 learning curve that is life she seems to be an artist blessed with a clear focus and understanding of how to best develop her talents. Krebs closes the release with her feel good single "Are Ya Havin' Any Fun?" which she describes as her feel good single for challenging times. As a jazz vocalist Susan Krebs offers a nice vacation from the trials and tribulation of everyday life and Everything Must Change is well worth the trip!
(Brent Black, criticaljazz.com)
Everything Must Change, the newest recording from Susan and her longtime collaborators, Rich Eames and Jerry Kalaf, is a departure from their enthusiastically received Jazz Aviary concept recording (2007). Joined by the deeply simpatico Ryan McGillicuddy and Chuck Manning, the Susan Krebs Band made music together one recent summer: “We had some seriously good fun!” says Susan. “I chose tunes which I’d been living with for a while, musically mulling in my garden and on long walks - tunes which resonate with me in a very personal way, with the title tune. Everything Must Change, guiding the feel of the album and reflecting the tenor of the times we live in.” The collaborative nature of the project can be heard throughout the recording. “Mostly, it felt that the music just arrived, ya know?,” says Susan. There is an immediacy and an intimacy to this recording which reflect the spirited sessions which make up Everything Must Change. The final track on the album, “Are Ya Havin’ Any Fun?” leaves no doubt about the grand summer fun these folks had: “It’s our feel-good single for challenging and changing times!”, offers Susan.
Everything Must Change is an opportunity to hear Krebs in a small ensemble setting, delightfully organic, fully interactive, focused and engaged. Her vocal delivery is spot on, and invokes the modern jazz language with masterful control, truly a journey worth exploring, that offers a uplifting outcome.