Title - 'You Must Believe In Spring'
Artist - Sue Anne Gershenzon
For those not in the know, Sue Anne Gershenzon has been a professional singer her whole life singing On Broadway, Off Broadway in Opera Houses, Regional Theaters, Concert Halls and Clubs.
Releasing on August 1st, 2020, Sue Anne's quite delightful debut album (complete with magnificent jazz back-up) is You Must Believe In Spring, and where one may well try to categorize her singing, simply put, Sue Anne lives in, and inhabits her songs quite like no other vocalist.
Taking her listeners on the journey of a life lived, lessons learned, and hope for the future, with her regular pianist and arranger Glafkos Kontemeniotis serving as her co-producer, Sue Anne's beautiful voice is showcased to perfection of 11 classic songs.
1. 'I Thought About You'
2. 'With so Little to Be Sure Of'
3. 'So Many Stars'
4. 'The Fool on the Hill'
5. 'When Sunny Gets Blue'
6. 'A Child Is Born'
7. 'Deed I Do'
8. 'Good Morning Heartache'
9. 'Straighten up and Fly Right'
10. 'East of the Sun'
11. 'You Must Believe in Spring'
Joined by tenor-saxophonist Joel Frahm, trombonist Ryan Keberle, bassist Sean Smith, drummer Dave Meade, Brandon Vazquez on trumpet, Bashiri Johnson on percussion and a string trio comprised of Megan Gould on violin, Karen Waltuch on viola and Noah Heffeld on cello, this magnificent, dreamy at times, heart rendering at others, debut album opens with the lush swing of 'I Thought About You,' and follows that up with the quietly dulcet flow of the Stephen Sondheim ballad 'With so Little to Be Sure Of,' and then comes the oh-so gentle, graceful hipsway of 'So Many Stars,' and a daring jazz rendition of the Beatles' 'The Fool on the Hill.'
The soft shuffle and expressive vocal of 'When Sunny Gets Blue' is a stand out here for me and that's followed by the magnificent jazz standard 'A Child Is Born' and the perky 'Deed I Do.'
Sue Anne's deep dive into the Billie Holiday-sung 'Good Morning Heartache' is yet another moment to be fully savored here, and that's backed by the vibrant Nat King Cole 'Straighten up and Fly Right,' with the album rounding out with the Brooks Bowman-written 'East of the Sun,' closing on the heart rendering Bill Evans classic, here a special duet with Kontemeniotis, 'You Must Believe in Spring.'
"This project has been a four-year labor of love in collaboration with my brilliant arranger and co-producer Glafkos Kontemeniotis," Sue Anne explains. "We are supported by some of the greatest musicians in the country and I think the result is one you will enjoy."
"The album is a linear story. It represents a time in my life of great challenges and struggle. I have learned that with love and caring for ourselves and each other one can emerge from anything."
"As we all struggle through these challenging times, it is my hope that this CD will offer you inspiration to persevere and to thrive."
"We All Must Believe in Spring."
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