Cris Barber is a southern California award-winning jazz vocalist with 5 records to her credit. Her fourth album with “This Moment To Be Free” is another winner! Diana Krall has nothing on this singer tho often compared. Barber uses her warm smooth vocals to interpret a terrific selection of pop and jazz on this CD standards like Victor Young’s “My Foolish Heart,” Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale,” and Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” to name a few. 14 tunes with swing, style, and class…..and some of the best players in Southern California.
Some stand outs on the new CD include a tender rendition of a Duke Ellington song “I Got It Bad,” and the love tune “Be Sure’ penned by Fertitta and McClintock, then turns a bit funky on the pop tune called “Sunny”.
Refreshing new voice… Cris Barber – “One of the best voices of our time, Cris Barber fuses fresh and vibrant vocals with the elegance of the greatest of the great ladies of jazz. The band’s blend is sublime, demonstrating the art of musical conversation which in jazz is delicious to the ear, ecstatic on the spirit and smooth on the soul. Barber’s voice is effortless – lazy but clear, textured but refined, sure and sensual. If you haven’t heard her yet, get her now.” — Andrea Jonker-Bryce, reviewer, South Africa
“For an artist to come full circle in range with rhythmic vocals along with flawless precision in a single cut is special. Thus describes the craft of Cris Barber as for the third time this artist has released a smooth and genuinely exquisite production titled Comes Love. Feminine is the performance, her tones rich and expressions that carry a true cool mystique. Ms. Barber’s feedback after the curtain has drawn on this project should bring numerous cries of encore!”– Karl Stober, international columnist, JazzReview.com
“Cris Barber is an impressive vocalist with a fantastic band. …great repartee with the audience, as she smoothly moved from straight-ahead jazz to standards to the blues and back again. Barber has the vocal range to master it all. She could be in a position to compete with Diana Krall and Norah Jones.” — Music Connection Magazine
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