...a beautiful, natural voice, and she improvises with aplomb, scatting with ease.
With legendary producer Matt Pierson and a band of this generation's most dynamic performers, Sara Leib presents an inspired, original voice, breathing new life into jazz standards and classic covers. With her bold, modern arrangements, she gives pianists Taylor Eigsti and Aaron Parks, drummer Eric Harland, bassist Harish Raghavan, and saxophonist Dayna Stephens room to fully express themselves while retaining the focus on Leib's singular interpretations of these classic lyrics.
1 It Might As Well Be Spring 4:50
2 Night And Day 4:51
3 Evíry Time We Say Goodbye 3:59
4 So This Is Love 3:25
5 The Thrill Is Gone 5:14
6 With My Own Two Hands 4:54
7 To Make You Feel My Love 3:45
8 Some Day My Prince Will Come 4:38
9 The Way You Behold 4:31
10 Willow Weep For Me 4:45
11 Secret Love 4:41
12 All I Have To Do Is Dream 4:32
Sara Leib - voice
Taylor Eigsti - piano & keyboards (1, 2, 4-6, 10)
Aaron Parks - piano & keyboards (3, 7-9, 11, 12)
Harish Raghavan - bass
Eric Harland - drums
Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone
Richie Barshay - percussion, tabla
All arrangements by Sara Leib, except Secret Love,
arranged by Jed Wilson and Heather Masse
Produced by Matt Pierson
Recorded by Meredith McCandless
at Flux Studios, New York City, January, 2011
Mixed & mastered by Fabrice DuPont
at Flux Studios, New York, NY
Album photos by Richard Wright
Makeup By J.J. Poff
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
A cursory glance at the track listing for Secret Love may paint it as another simple celebration of standards, but that's not the case. Singer Sara Leib takes the road less traveled by delivering ear-opening, metrically twisted, stylistically broad interpretations of oft-covered classics with a to-die-for cast of cutting-edge collaborators. Lei ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Almost 10 years elapsed between West Coast singer Sara Leib's It's Not The Moon (Self Produced, 2003) and Secret Love. Leib kept occupied with teaching, most currently at Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, where she gives private lessons and teaches classes on improvisation (something, as a scatter, she knows well) and chart ...
The Jazz Page (Darryl Daniels)
Vocalist Sara Leib makes a wonderful recording debut with Secret Love, produced by Matt Pierson. Leib delivers warm, inviting vocals over fresh new arrangements of classic and contemporary tunes. Covered are works by Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as tracks by Bob Dylan and Ben Harper. Leib devised the new arrangements most of the ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
And sometimes everything lines up just right. Matt Pierson found a bunch of contemporary swingers eager to kick it out behind a fresh new vocalist looking to really kick it out for her second album. The result is a dandy, straight up jazz vocal date that's hard to resist. There's nothing about these classic numbers from different quadrants that' ...
Critical Jazz.com (Brent Black)
For Sara Leib jazz is musical passion, the epicenter of musical expression for an artist to let go and fully become one with their work. The highly anticipated sophomore release on OA2 records by Sara Leib embraces this concept to its fullest. Leib is a multi-faceted mezzo soprano that takes an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary sounds and gi ...
Jazz Times (Christopher Loudon)
In 2003, when a 22-year-old Sara Leib made her recording debut with It's Not the Moon, she exhibited a tendency to favor style over substance, a not-uncommon pitfall among even the most gifted neophytes. All these years later the habit persists, though nowhere near as markedly. Leib's penchant for playing with time signatures makes for some intri ...