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Fans here?

The Sarah influence is strong, but her artistry is solid enough that she doesn't come off strictly as an imitator.

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I saw her in concert and didn't care for her. All of Sarah's excesses. It's weird because I would describe her singing in the same way as I might describe Cassandra Wilson's but I really like Cassandra. (Saw them within in about a month of each other. )

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She's the real deal. Full stop.

I haven't liked everything equally well but have heard her live several times in various settings, as well as the records. Looking forward to the new one. 

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I enjoyed her at the last Chicago Jazz Festival - young, pretty, rather dramatic. After she sang "Guess Who I Saw Today" my friend said, "I'll bet she'll sing that a lot differently after she lives a few more years."

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I was thinking the same thing about her youth. I think her commitment to (and real understanding of) the songs will change -- as they would for anyone in their early-twenties. I think she's 23 or 24  -- something like that. Still, tremendous voice, style, and choice of material IMHO.

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Ok, I'll say it - whiteframe glasses do not work for me, ever, on anybody of any gender, at any time for anything. AutoInstant "BEWARE, Thar Be At Least Some Bullschite Here".trigger.

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I kinda know what you mean, Jim. I have wondered if the choice of songs, for instance, is her own of if she has "handlers" who do the choosing for her. I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt and hoping she is the real deal. Regardless, she is a great singer with a really unique and appealing (for me, anyway) style. 

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I saw her at the Lycee Francais Cultural Center last January or February (2014).  It was kind of an accident, since I don't generally care for vocalists.  The tickets found their way into my possession, so...

No surprise (knowing me), I didn't care for her.  Too - I'm trying to think of a good word - flamboyant?  Whatever; it says more about me than her.  

About that time the hype machine started spinning, with features in every magazine and newspaper and regular (presumably paid) radio features.  Big turn-off.  blind-blake's mention of "handlers" strikes me as the off-putting phenomenon I was dealing with.  

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I saw her three years ago at the Detroit Jazz Fest and was very impressed with her tone, phrasing, range and charisma.  I imagine that Mark Stryker may have been there, and I was in the front row.  It was before she released her Mack Avenue debut, and I knew almost nothing about her (I may have known that she'd won the Monk competition).  If you don't like her singing, that's one thing, but it's absolutely silly to be suspicious of her because of her white-framed glasses, for Pete's sake.  She likely received some good press from winning the Monk competition and Mack Avenue promotes their artists well, but she is the real deal.

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it's absolutely silly to be suspicious of her because of her white-framed glasses, for Pete's sake. 

Oh no, not silly at all. I've earned all my phobias through hard-won negative life experiences. White framed glasses and big heads for sure (although to be fair, Gayle King got that shit down to a science, man, but otoh, she's somebody on my TV every morning, that's as far as that's gone, going, and/or will go, and check it out, she variate that shit up with some depth of compulse,, not some impulsionized fllittygirl fashicue). Or conversely, sorta, people whose eyeglasses are too big for their heads, to where they look like they got tv picture tubes on their heads (and again, props and cred to GK for keeping the proportinality within the aesthetic realms of propertiety). Nuh-uh, not dropping my guard there, no sir, not gonna happen. You feel free to welcome them in your world, they'll be there instead of in mine, win/win for everybody, you, me, them, everybody, all at once, at the same time. Also people who are too skinny for their age and who lean forward just a little too far when they introduce themselves with a handshake. These are all things to assess before readily/fully enthusiasing. and there are more, so many more....

Not silly at all.....grrrblllplxlfssssssss.....

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Definitely one of the all-time great Organissimo forum rants

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Don't see the white eyeglass frames as an affectation or anything else for that matter.  Close your eyes and keep your ears open to the voice.

Caught her at the Miniaci Arts Center at Nova University in Davie, FL, this past May.  Performance was uneven, partly because she is arcanely eclectic, e.g., choosing an Ethel Waters obscurity that left me cold.  However, when she sings more familiar material, e.g., "I Didn't Know What Time it Was", she swings.  Her stage manner is wonderful, her explanations as to why she chose each number were definitely appreciated by a very receptive audience.  Thumbs up!

 

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