ANNE FARNSWORTH REVIEWS
“…a very hip musical sense...”
Linda Yohn, Music Director
WEMU, Ypsilanti, MI
"Jazz pianist and vocalist Anne Farnsworth’s latest release is Sealed With A Kiss, a collection of '60s and ‘70s pop and rock tunes she’s transformed with her arrangements into jazz. Along with her impressive singing and playing style, her rhythm section bandmates are key to the recording’s excellence. Master fretless bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Ndugu Chancler showcase the talents that led them to supporting bands like Santana and Weather Report.
Sealed With A Kiss pays loving homage to classic artists as stylistically diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Shelly Fabares. Farnsworth has found a recipe, a novel format for transforming these well-known favorites. Anne sings with a rich, flexible voice, supremely elegant, using her large range tastefully and without histrionics. On piano, she accompanies herself with dense, full-bodied chords and lyrical solos. Expansive tonal color and a full range of emotions are highlights of her musical style. Anne Farnsworth is a jazz diva..."
Jan Hocek - Jazzport.cz
"Anne Farnsworth, an excellent pianist and singer, has put together a rather unusual program on Sealed With A Kiss...Her arrangements and performances transform such songs as “How Can I Be Sure,” “Until You Come Back To Me,” “Here, There And Everywhere” and even “Johnny Angel” into jazz without losing the essence of the pop melodies. Joined by bassist Alphonso Johnson, drummer Ndugu Chancler, and tenor-saxophonist Doug Webb (on four songs) with guest appearances by guitarist Steve Trovato on two numbers, she sings and plays the music of her youth. To those of us who have always avoided pop music, these songs will sound like new material!"
Scott Yanow – LA Jazz Scene
"…her latest work, Sealed With A Kiss, is a stunning collection of '60s rock tunes arranged for a jazz quartet."
"'60's Pop and Rock tunes arranged for jazz quartet? Sign me up!"
Christopher Levine - Eclecticblogs.com
"Love what you've done with the music. I’m spotlighting Sealed With A Kiss everyday this week. You deserve every bit of attention… it's that good."
James Janisse - kebnradio.com
"Los Angeles singer and pianist Anne Farnsworth's calling cards are standards and modern pop - combining tasteful improvisation with lyrical imagination and a pinch of humor..."
La Stampa, Turin, Italy
"Saturday Morning is the kind of release that is best described as timeless. She can sing and she can play. If you love vocal jazz, you'll love Saturday Morning."
"Appearing on Clearwater Beach for the first time, Anne Farnsworth is a welcome addition to the Jazz scene. Anne's vocal range and unique stylings are absolutely gorgeous. This review marks the first time Anne has been written about in the area but will by no means be the last."
"With a profound knowledge of the history of jazz and the American songbook, Anne interprets standards with witty elegance and genuine sociablility. With her improvisational flair and lyric imagination, she evokes the models of humor and swing, Blossom Dearie and Annie Ross."
"In a coy solo on "Body And Soul", she recalled Billy Holiday. Scatting impressively on"Twisted", she gave the chestnut the offbeat elegance of a Blossom Dearie."
“We have been giving it airplay for some time – listeners are enjoying the tracks...”
Eric Cohen, Music Director - WAER FM, Syracuse, NY
“I'm very impressed with SATURDAY MORNING. A thoroughly fine disc.”
Rich Tozier, Music Director - Maine Public Radio
"Ms Farnsworth delivers smooth, subtle renderings of whiskey-flavored jazz and pop..."
The Boston Phoenix
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