Partridge's voice suggests Anita O'Day with her bedrock swing propelling scat improvisations.
A dazzling interpreter of classic and popular standards over her twenty-year career, Sarah Partridge introduces her own collection of songs on "I Never Thought I'd Be Here." While influenced greatly by traditional standards, her lyrics point to more modern themes as she explores the moods and textures of life, ranging from dark to joyous. She is joined by her long-standing working band of distinguished New York musicians - pianist & arranger Allen Farnham, bassist Bill Moring, drummer/percussionist Tim Horner, Paul Meyers on guitar, Scott Robinson on saxophone and flute, and trombonist Ben Williams. "Partridge's arrangements are warm and well paced; her delivery is crisp and lean yet never runs cold..." - Boston Globe.
1. Perspective 4:55
2. Grace 6:21
3. Light of Day 5:26
4. Caverns of My Heart 7:14
5. I Never Thought I'd Be Here 5:50
6. I Just Won't Let You Go 4:45
7. Heart's Desire 5:30
8. Runaway Train 4:56
9. Eager Is The Night 5:12
10. Around The Corner 5:17
Sarah Partridge - vocals
Allen Farnham - Piano
Bill Moring - Bass
Tim Horner - Drums and Percussion
Paul Meyers - Guitar
Ben Stein - Guitar (8)
Scott Robinson - Tenor Saxophone, Alto Flute, Flute
Ben Williams - Trombone
Produced by Allen Farnham
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ
Recorded on July 7 & 8 2014
Photography by Chris Drukker
Session Photography by Charles Kliment and Gary Stein
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
What an appropriate album title for a gal whose career got started because of a dare in a karaoke bar where an agent was in the audience (in Hollywood, natch). With a bunch of solid New York players bringing the highlights to her originals, this set rides the range where jazz meets art in a lounge where the drinks are just right. A high water mar ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Boston-born singer Sarah Partridge didn't start out a singer. She started out as an actor (you can see her opposite of Tom Cruise in Risky Business (Warner Brothers, 1983)) who took the Karaoke stage one night and got noticed by the right ears and five recordings later the rest is history. Where her previous recording, Perspective (Self Produced, ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Sarah Partridge does the composing here, yet sounds a bit more in the modern jazz tradition. With the team of Allen Farnham on piano, bassist Bill Moring, Tim Horner on drums, guitarist Paul Meyers, Scott Robinson on woodwinds, and trombonist Ben Williams she is able to display sophistication on mature ballads such as "Eager Is The Night" and " Cav ...
L.A. Jazz Scene (Scott Yanow)
After making a stir as an actress in Los Angeles, Sarah Partridge became a successful jazz singer and moved to the East Coast where in the 1990s she often performed with Doc Cheatham. I Never Thought I'd Be Here finds her performing ten of her songs, composing all of the words and music except for the music of "Around The Corner" which was penned b ...
Improvijazzation (Rotcod Zzaj)
It doesn't always happen, but this time, the promoter got the keyword right, when it was declared that Sarah's jazz vocal work is "dazzling"… she leads a high-energy, high-talent crew of players (you can view them on the album page at Origin) on this ten-song bundle of energy… songs like the opener, "Perspective" (from one of her earlier albums ...