|From Maria's new CD ART OF THE DUO
"ALONE TOGETHER" featuring Bob Fraser on guitar
“The Art of the Duo” is vocalist Maria Jacobs fourth recording to date.
It represents her continuing growth as an artist. It is in many ways her most honest and compelling project.
The “Art” of the duo is no casual exercise for those who engage in the discipline of making music. Save for the solo
artist, the duo format is the most vulnerable. The solo artist has no safety net, relying completely on their skill as a
communicator. There is however another kind of tightrope walk for musicians who perform in duo fashion; It involves
a “trust” born of mutual respect that relies their acumen to have each other’s back. Jacob’s abilities are on full display
here as she is paired in song, at once with a guitarist, a pianist and an acoustic bassist. Jacobs demonstrates with quiet
confidence, interpretations of songs tempered first through years of practice in solitude followed by the mutual
conversation of agreement with musical equals. Songs that are now unveiled for you, who reap the fruit of their labors.
Eat, drink and be merry in this experience as you listen to "The Art Of The Duo.”
- Bobby Jackson, The Jazz Mind Radio Show
Tony Dumas - bass
Bob Fraser - guitar
Steve Cipriano - keyboard
Dan Maier - guitar
Maria has begun work on her 5th CD...!
"ART OF THE DUO" CriticalJazz Review - by Brent Black February 12, 2013
"Maria Jacobs goes in the more than memorable pile and the cover art actually pairs up with an
eclectic song list nicely! So what makes Art of The Duo work? Jacobs deconstructs some
amazing tunes...Jacobs scat singing is the equivalent of textured spun gold throughout this
textured melodic feast for the senses... see full review
"ART OF THE DUO" Amazon Review - by Grady Harp February 18, 2013
"Standing and singing bare: the test of a supreme jazz vocalist!
That Maria Jacobs is a sensitive, gifted vocalist and stylist has been well established both in her recordings (this is her
fourth solo album) and her performances. She simply is one of the more major singers of the day. The quality of her voices
is absolutely first rate and the manner in which she approaches both the melody line and the lyrics of the songs she elects
to interpret are uniquely her own... see full review
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