March 2, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]
Vocalist Melody Breyer-Grell appearing at Trumpets Jazz Club March 17th Doors Open at 6 PM - Music starts at 7:30 6 Depot Square Montclair, New Jersey 973-744-2600 http://www.trumpetsjazz.com/
Best Vocal CD of 2004 - The Right Time" - All About Jazz New York -- Annual Top 5 Critics' Poll
MELODY BREYER-GRELL's debut CD, The Right Time", tells a story. While vocalizing in a traditional melodic style, her clever arrangements and simple improvisations add freshness to some of the familiar and lesser-known jazz and Great American Songbook" standards. Each piece is specifically selected and ordered to create a mood and a sense of direction.
Over the past few years, Melody worked as the musical director of the Jazz/Supper Club, Chez Suzette." It was at Chez where Melody was able to find her own style of vocalizing. I had to be flexible--sometimes gearing my performance to a restaurant other times as a listening room or bar." Many of the singers who are prominent today performed at Chez. The experience was invaluable.
With the release of the CD The Right Time", Melody has received air play on a 200 + radio stations and charted on many. Things have been happening fast.
On the heels of the release came performances at New York's Sweet Rhythm" and Triad" ---- now culminating with the March 17th performance at New Jersey's Trumpet's".
Reviews for THE RIGHT TIME"
Melody Breyer-Grell possesses the consciousness and depth to bring new emotions forth on this excellent offering she has titled The Right Time".
Rich, meditative and emotionally resonant, the New York-based vocalist brings such jazz standards as You Don't Know What Love Is," and You Go To My Head," into a new frame of mind.
From her soul to her voice to the song, this highly imaginative vocalist brings a fresh and innovative experience to each song, singing a unique, compelling mix of jazz ballads and Great American Songbook favorites.
Accompanied by a top-flight ensemble, her voice lingers with you like a haunting refrain because of her sweet, swinging, sophistication. New and veteran fans will appreciate Melody Breyer-Grell's use of several harmonic complexities and her unique approach that is both modern and nostalgic." Paula Edelstein, www.allmusic.com
Melody Breyer-Grell is all about JAZZ. Breyer-Grell possesses a voice that is perfectly suited to deliver the traditional jazz ballad. ..... she is able to use pitch, tone and phrasing in a controlled way to induce deep moods.
...... solo's refreshingly contrast with Breyer-Grell's rich vocals, Enticing atmosphere results in the cat and mouse interplay on the piano/vocal duet Invitation" while all contribute to an enchanting version of Out Of This World". Elliot Simon, www.allaboutjazz.com
.... unique, very sophisticated, progressive ballad presentations. ..... It's the slow dancing that fascinates me. Very groovy arranging and production." Dick Crockett, Still Another Jazz Show, 88.7 FM Sacramento CA"
The Right Time attests to her (Melody Breyer-Grell) ability to study the best, glean what she can from them and make them her own....Her renditions are unfussy and strike at the heart of each song..... She doesn't shy away from difficult music, demonstrating her exemplary intonation on Invitation"...
She makes every word count." Barry Bassis Hagedorn Communications
An expressive voice, at times warm and throaty, at times pure and delicate, that brings intimacy and a touching vulnerability!" - Roy Sander
Melody has done an astounding transfer of vocal sound over to the world of Jazz...Pick up Melody's lovely CD, it's kinda sexy too!" - Mark Murphy
......formidable vocal talents" Stan Martin, www.popstandards.com