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Genevieve & Ferdinand Reviews Our sweet little CD has been enjoying lot's of wonderful reviews  - a few highlights are below. If you're in the mood to avoid other work you are supposed to be doing, click the link to read the whole review.

"her peach of a new album…recorded in a spare but openhearted style."  ~ Nate Chinen, NY TIMES 

"Heartfelt and elegant, Genevieve & Ferdinand is simply perfection." ~ Celebrity Cafe

"A sublime partnership..their organic purity is truly magical." ~ Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"Heartfelt, intelligent, and unforgettable." ~ Dr. J. Schlesinger All About Jazz

"Absolutely enchanting, lyrical and true from the first note to the last"  ~ Ottawa Citizen

"..No greater beacon of sincerity, honesty and emotional purity" ~ D. Bilawsky All About Jazz

"Her deceptively homespun style makes the covers feel acutely personal, as though the borrowed words were written for her alone."  ~B. Howe, Indy Week

"One is left a bit breathless yet wanting more." ~ Andrea Cantor, Jazz Police

"a truly eclectic and forward thinking duo that create magic." ~ Bop-n-Jazz

"Genevieve and Ferdinand is a clear, sweet, yet no-nonsense recording" ~Velvet Park

"The voice is instantly recognizable — strong, muscular.. Her technique is just about flawless, and it’s all of a piece with her artistry — personal and peerless." ~ Jon Garelick, Giant Steps

Downbeat Magazine Top CDs of 2012
http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2013/DB201301/single_page_view/50.html

Jazz Times Magazine - 50 top CDs of 2012, Scott Albin
http://jazztimes.com/community/articles/65066-50-of-the-top-jazz-cds-for-2012

All About Jazz, C Michael Bailey's Top 10 2012 
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=43530#.UNdPBzQ6mWs.facebook

All About Jazz, Dan Bilawsky's Top 10 2012
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=43551#.UOpVOravVFQ

The Ottawa Citizen, Peter Hum's Top 10
http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/12/17/my-best-jazz-of-2012-lists/

7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll 2012  Top Jazz Vocal CDs - #3 Girl Talk -
http://hullworks.net/jazzpoll/12/totals-vocal.php

Jazz History Online Best CDs of 2012 Thomas Cuniff
https://jazzhistoryonline.com/Summation_2012.html

I Hear Freedom In That Sound - Jazz & Diplomacy

I’m inclined to call McGarry the Kurt Elling of female jazz singers. (Elling, by the way, makes a cameo on Girl Talk so that O Cantador, the lovely Brazilian ballad, is a gorgeous duet.) Like Elling, McGarry has a charismatic, distinctive and appealing voice, an eclectic embrace of jazz and non-jazz, and timbre and delivery that are informed by folk and pop but nonetheless don’t detract from the jazz feeling of the performance.

"McGarry & co. provided the kind of rare performance that transcends angst, replacing it with wonder and joy. What I witnessed, that first set, was something indefinable, universal, and glorious that caught and lifted the entire place. Whether you want to call it "art" or "beauty," it trumped my trauma..."

While the world has no shortage of fine female singers, few have the musical depth, sense of passion and artistic ambitions of the divine Kate McGarry...

....In lesser hands, the outcome could have been mere imitation or even channeling, but McGarry is too talented, creative, and secure in her own artistic identity for that to happen. Here she brings her always personal and contemporary approach to the enduring jazz tradition with results that are stunning.

So many elements merge to make Girl Talk more than just another vocal album but rather a masterpiece of artistic riches, ensemble collaboration, and interpretive wisdom. But the centerpiece of this wonderful world is Kate McGarry.

 

On Girl Talk, vocalist Kate McGarry continues to transform songs we thought we knew into profoundly articulate new works of art via arrangements by herself and/or guitarist Keith Ganz. With deft assistance from Gary Versace (organ, piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums), McGarry reimagines “We Kiss in a Shadow” as a plea for equality across all sexual orientations. The title track offers a fun, bluesy anthem of self-worth, while the “Man I Love” plumbs desperate, unconvinced optimism. As unassuming and accessible as she is warm, compassionate and playful, McGarry stands in the first rank of today’s vocalists. (Mel Minter)

On a first listen to Kate McGarry's new Girl Talk (Palmetto), you might not suspect any special agenda — this is simply the kind of original, heartfelt treatment of a well-chosen mix of songs that the singer has led us to expect in her half dozen releases over the past decade. But listen again.

"Girl Talk" is smart, sassy, classy and, emotionally strong.  Adult music that is not afraid to swing and take chances or slow down and caress the melody, this is, arguably, Kate McGarry's finest recording. "

"McGarry sings with uncommon sincerity and her longing becomes our own. With her song choices, thematic concept and those ace musicians along for the ride, “Girl Talk” is another McGarry triumph..."

"...evocative lyricism, superb control and ample vocal and emotive range. Her voice would be iconic in any genre."

 "McGarry has found hidden depths in the sometimes shallow lyrics of the great American songbook..."

Anyone who believes that the Great American Songbook has been drained of any new interpretations should hear Kate McGarry’s version of “The Man I Love”. McGarry examined Ira Gershwin’s lyric and found it was “such a sad song, with this idea that you couldn’t be complete as a person without finding a man”. McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz recast the song in a slow tempo with reduced harmonies, and McGarry’s haunting performance, which focuses on the words “I’m waiting”, gives an entirely new feeling to the song. It is precisely this type of scrutiny that makes McGarry one of the great jazz vocalists of our age...

'She is developing into one of the most dependable and refreshing singers in jazz"

My ‘DCB review of the swell new album by a singer I really haven’t cottoned to until now is here.....her new album, Girl Talk, completely won me over.

Someone should tell vocalists today—at least the ones we see on those TV talent hunts—that singing doesn't have to be some exercise in screaming self-annihilation, that beauty and style is more about composure and command. You could tell them, or you can hip them to Girl Talk, by Kate McGarry.

Jazz Set, Piano Jazz, All Things Considered, and w/JHLE @ Newport Jazz Festival, w/Fred Hersch & Kurt Elling - Leaves of Grass

“Yep, lots of modern jazz singers are trying out lots of modern pop songs these days. So it takes a truly inspired choice matched with a truly accomplished performance to make a dent. Spin McGarry's hushed amble through the Cars' "Just What I Needed" to see how high the bar can be set. The singer's experimental tendencies are invariably lined with craft; she's taken with a tune's pliability, but she uses skill, not crossed fingers, to bend it. The proof is all over the new If Less is More…Nothing Is Everything.”    -Jim Macnie, Village Voice

“If Less Is More, Nothing Is Everything is the third in a series of superb recent recordings by Ms. McGarry. ..austere and elegant …an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz." ~ Martin Johnson, Wall St Journal

"By turns sensual, playful and self-examining, McGarry embraces jazz's freedom yet points the genre toward a future as fresh and thrilling as it's past. She wields a crystalline tone with remarkable range and control, musically connecting Miles Davis and Bill Evans with Joni Mitchell and Bjork. Her song choices are eclectic and revealing, yet she connects strongest on her original tunes, which burst with insight and desire." ~ The Nashville Scene

When McGarry sings, you hear not only a distinctively sweet, flexible, and textured voice, but a generous spirit, open heart, and searching intelligence. Her top-drawer band plays with equal creativity and care, and together they freshen a wide variety of tunes, from Miles to Sting to show tunes and standards. The originals are philosophical as well as catchy, but there's no sermon here, not with all this humor and playfulness. Instead, there's a true celebration of the range of human experience, and not a gram of nonsense to be found. Kate McGarry's talent is unique and powerful, and it's blossoming. Enjoy!    ~Judith Schlesinger, AllAboutJazz.com


McGarry has developed a liquid sense of time. Ome of the many "Daughter's of Betty" (Carter, that is) mcGarry hasn't taken that freedom as license to run hog wild on every tune. No matter how many liberties she takes with meter and interpretation, she exercises a fidelity to the meaning of the song....McGarry has the pure untrammeled voice of an ingenue who finds wonder in the simplest things." ~ Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat **** (4 stars)

Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz: The Turtle, the Paradox, and the Big Yes

"Astute and sensitive"    ~ New York Times

"Among the heady mix of originals and covers that fills If Less Is More … are stunning readings of “Let’s Face the Music,” “You’re My Thrill” and the Cars’ “Just What I Needed,” plus a transcendent interpretation of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “You Don’t Have to Cry.”..."

"On the brink of her fourth release, and possibly her best, she shows no sign of relaxing her high artistic standard. She's one to watch and savor."     ~ Josef Woodward, Santa Barbara News-Press

"At a time when there are so many vocalists performing in styles that hearken back two or more generations, Kate McGarry strikes me as a quiet yet fearless original voice.  She's not necessarily moving music ahead by shredding tradition but by incorporating so many different elements into her repertoire.    ~ Richards Kamins, Hartford Courant

"McGarry is absolutely heartrending - she puts her whole soul into this performance. Her melodic lines are brilliantly conceived and executed. McGarry moves into the big leagues with this impressive release."  ~Ted Gioia, Jazz.com

“With a voice that soars with abundant hope, Kate McGarry creates music that makes you sit up and take notice… a modern jazz singer who is redefining the genre with a compelling body of work.”    ~ Icon Magazine

“This singer has figured out how to create jazz arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills and Ric Ocasek without compromising either the jazz or the rock'n'roll. The substitute chords, elasticized rhythms and deconstructionist solos make this satisfying jazz, while the lyrics are delivered with such forceful urgency that it's still satisfying rock'n'roll. The songs are transformed but never obscured.” ~Geoffrey Himes, Best CDs of 2008

“This should be the year that McGarry breaks through for a Grammy nomination. If Less is More, Nothing is Everything is certainly worthy.”    ~ All About Jazz, NY

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…Genevieve & Ferdinand is absolutely enchanting, lyrical and true from the first note to the last.

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“… her peach of a new album includes songs by Paul Simon and James Taylor, in a spare but openhearted style….”

 

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“There is no greater beacon of sincerity, honesty and emotional purity than Kate McGarry…Genevieve and Ferdinand doesn’t contain bold proclamations or daring musical acts, but it’s filled with some of the most genuine music that anybody is likely to ever hear.” – Dan Bilawsky

“Kate McGarry, along with Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazaerk…and Tierney Sutton make up the most significant jazz vocal movement since Cassandra Wilson released Blue Light ‘Til Dawn in 1993…her repertoire is as varied and fresh as her previous recordings, with the added dimension here of intimacy…the intimacy of this duet recording between soul mates, recorded live in a small venue. McGarry and Ganz are miked closely, providing their performance with an immediacy and power…The balance is stunning.” – C. Michael Bailey

McGarry is her own genre, applying her clear and beautiful voice to whatever material speaks to her soul…her signature is especially intimate here, when her only accompaniment is her husband, the exquisite guitarist Keith Ganz.  Nearly breathing in unison, they have created an eclectic and deeply melodic set…The bottom line is that Genevieve and Ferdinand is heartfelt, intelligent and unforgettable.” – Dr.  Judith Schlessinger

 

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“Grammy nominated vocalist Kate McGarry and her partner in crime, guitarist and husband Keith Ganz have set a new standard for duets…When it comes to ‘Best Of’ lists at the end of the year, look for this one…A stellar effort.”

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“…here is something a little new in the world – music which marries folk music at its most minimalist and purist with jazz…Whatever you call this music, it’s gorgeous.”

 

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***** (five stars) “Every song on the record is a highlight, thanks to the way McGarry & Ganz play off each other. Ganz brings a subtle sophistication with his fingerpicking style of playing, complementing the eloquence of McGarry’s voice…Heartfelt and elegant, Genevieve and Ferdinand is simple perfection.”

 

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“McGarry…has never been any one thing. Although she’s always identified herself as a jazz singer, she has long mixed jazz standards, hard-to-define orginals, and a broad range of sources from contemporary to folk and pop…Between Ganz’s unique acoustic guitar vocabulary, McGarry’s jazz-singer technique (and a sound that matches delicate pliancy with raw physicality,) a broad repertoire, and a shared intuition about a song wants to go..Genevieve and Ferdinand can feel infinitely varied.”

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“No matter what she sings, Kate McGarry is rarely predictable and always seems to come up with something fresh to say…an intimate but friendly and inviting duo set by a couple that has a great deal to say musically.”

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“…Kate McGarry tapes into the humbler elements of earth and wind, with a voice like a slow breeze swirling up dust on a vast plain…She focuses on honest expression and the complex feelings each note can evoke. “

 

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“Both have this marvelously expressive economy in their music, not one extraneous flourish, straight to the heart of the matter…the album is a concert recording without a blemish.”

 

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“This album replicates the breadth of a concert set by the duo…Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” is an impressionistic gem, a smile emerging from tentative to downright perky…”

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“There is an intimacy to the songs, a gentleness and wistfulness that transcends labels…Genevieve and Ferdinand, Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz, whatever names they chose to be called, make music that is warm like a mug of mint tea on a winter day and cool like a spring breeze.”

 

 

 

Genevieve & Ferdinand has been out for one month! Our sweet little CD has been enjoying lot's of wonderful reviews  - a few highlights are below. If you're in the mood to avoid other work you are supposed to be doing, click the link to read the whole review.

"her peach of a new album…recorded in a spare but openhearted style."  ~ Nate Chinen, NY TIMES 

"Heartfelt and elegant, Genevieve & Ferdinand is simply perfection." ~ Celebrity Cafe

"A sublime partnership..their organic purity is truly magical." ~ Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"Heartfelt, intelligent, and unforgettable." ~ Dr. J. Schlesinger All About Jazz

"Absolutely enchanting, lyrical and true from the first note to the last"  ~ Ottawa Citizen

"..No greater beacon of sincerity, honesty and emotional purity" ~ D. Bilawsky All About Jazz

"Her deceptively homespun style makes the covers feel acutely personal, as though the borrowed words were written for her alone."  ~B. Howe, Indy Week

"One is left a bit breathless yet wanting more." ~ Andrea Cantor, Jazz Police

"a truly eclectic and forward thinking duo that create magic." ~ Bop-n-Jazz

"Genevieve and Ferdinand is a clear, sweet, yet no-nonsense recording" ~Velvet Park

"The voice is instantly recognizable — strong, muscular.. Her technique is just about flawless, and it’s all of a piece with her artistry — personal and peerless." ~ Jon Garelick, Giant Steps

Genevieve & Ferdinand has been out for one month! Our sweet little CD has been enjoying lot's of wonderful reviews  - a few highlights are below. If you're in the mood to avoid other work you are supposed to be doing, click the link to read the whole review.

"her peach of a new album…recorded in a spare but openhearted style."  ~ Nate Chinen, NY TIMES 

"Heartfelt and elegant, Genevieve & Ferdinand is simply perfection." ~ Celebrity Cafe

"A sublime partnership..their organic purity is truly magical." ~ Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"Heartfelt, intelligent, and unforgettable." ~ Dr. J. Schlesinger All About Jazz

"Absolutely enchanting, lyrical and true from the first note to the last"  ~ Ottawa Citizen

"..No greater beacon of sincerity, honesty and emotional purity" ~ D. Bilawsky All About Jazz

"Her deceptively homespun style makes the covers feel acutely personal, as though the borrowed words were written for her alone."  ~B. Howe, Indy Week

"One is left a bit breathless yet wanting more." ~ Andrea Cantor, Jazz Police

"a truly eclectic and forward thinking duo that create magic." ~ Bop-n-Jazz

"Genevieve and Ferdinand is a clear, sweet, yet no-nonsense recording" ~Velvet Park

"The voice is instantly recognizable — strong, muscular.. Her technique is just about flawless, and it’s all of a piece with her artistry — personal and peerless." ~ Jon Garelick, Giant Steps