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Return to You

  • 1. Let's Try This Again
    2. Northern Lights
    3. Carey
    4. Junk
    5. Just Let Me Be
    6. Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling
    7. And So It Goes
    8. I've Got a Great Idea
    9. Dear Someone
    10. Hallelujah
    11. Makes Me Feel This Way
    12. Without You
    13. Original 4
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0967

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Clayton, Jr.; John Clayton, Jr.
    EngineerJoel Moss; Chris Hobson

    Personnel: Sara Gazarek (vocals); Sara Gazarek; Robert Anderson (violin); Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola); Jacob Szekely, Jacob Szekely (cello); Supernova String Quartet, Supernova String Quartet (strings); Josh Nelson (piano, glockenspiel); John Nelson (glockenspiel); Erik Kertes (acoustic bass); Seamus Blake (vocals, guitar, tenor saxophone); John Proulx (vocals); Paul Cartwright (violin); Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet); Matt Slocum (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Joel Moss ; Chris Hobson.
    Recording information: Sounden Studios, San Clemente, CA (09/2006-12/2006).
    Photographer: Andrew Southam.
    Nothing shines brighter than a rising star and vocalist Sara Gazarek delivers a sensational follow-up to her widely hailed 2005 debut that focused on Great American Songbook standards. On Return to You, her expanded repertoire features an array of new textures and sounds via woodwind, brass and string accompaniment that reshapes Seamus Blake's "Northern Lights," Josh Nelson's "Just Let Me Be," and Paul McCartney's pop standard titled "Junk." Gazarek does a fine job on Joni Mitchell's "Carey," giving it a playful mood. By contrast she gives Billy Joel's lovelorn lyrics on "And So It Goes" a complete emotional makeover. The recording also features several new songs written by her pianist Josh Nelson, including the opening track "Let's Try This Again," which he co-wrote with Gazarek. However, she shines brightest as a singer and on "Northern Lights" her voice is delicate, sensitive and has a strong resemblance to Norah Jones' folk-jazz style. Leonard Cohen's rarely heard "Hallelujah" commands your attention because of the rarely recorded final chorus that is included here. Overall, Return to You is a complete gift that should endear Gazarek's fans even closer to her easygoing, youthful sound and charisma. [A bonus track version was also released.] ~ Paula Edelstein

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Gazarek's tart enunciations, sweet yet stinging tone and supple sense of swing make RETURN TO YOU a treat."
    JazzTimes (p.83) - "Somewhere near the midpoint of Norah Jones and Diana Krall sits Sara Gazarek....[There's] a charming peculiarity unique to her."
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