Sara Gazarek is, as every jazz singer ought to be, an original.
On her new album, Thirsty Ghost, she sings all across the musical spectrum: standards (“Never Will I Marry,” “I Get Along Without You Very Well”); Stevie Wonder (“I Believe When I Fall In Love”); Dolly Parton (“Jolene”); a poem of Sara Teasdale flowing into Nick Drake’s “River Man.”
“Distant Storm" was composed by Brad Mehldau and features Sara’s lyrics in a duet with musical mentor Kurt Elling. Her own songs tell the stories of love lost and found. “Sara’s been risking and traveling, learning and changing,” writes Kurt in the album notes, “acknowledging that life and circumstances have the upper hand.”
Sara Gazarek is singing Saturday night at Jazz Standard. And along with pianist Carmen Staaf, she’ll join Michael Bourne at noon this Sunday, on Singers Unlimited.
Recording and audio mix: David Tallacksen