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Return To You

Sara GazarekAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Native Language Music
  • ASIN: B000OY8MTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Try This Again
2. Northern Lights
3. Carey
4. Junk
5. Just Let Me Be
6. Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling
7. And So It Goes
8. I've Got a Great Idea
9. Dear Someone
10. Hallelujah
11. Makes Me Feel This Way
12. Without You
13. Original 4

Editorial Reviews

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"Buzz surrounding this twenty-something singer is hard to ignore." -- Jazzweek

"Her discreet bravado, agile voice, and sassy phrasing mark her as one to watch." -- The Stranger

"She may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer." -- Los Angeles Times

"Simple, straightforward, swinging - and emotionally believable at every turn - Gazarek's the real thing." -- Seattle Times

Product Description

With her highly anticipated follow-up to her chart-topping debut album Yours, vocalist Sara Gazarek returns with a wholesome mix of original Jazz material and contemporary folk/pop arrangements of songs written by Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Gillian Welch, Paul McCartney and Harry Connick, Jr.. Buzz surrounding this twenty-something singer is hard to ignore! Jazzweek

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Jazz-Pop from a Gifted Young Singer July 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Amazon.com has put Sara Gazarek's "Yours" in my face for about a year and counting. When a multinational corporation does that to me, I tend to say "no" on principle. Not a good reason for ignoring Sara Gazarek, though, so I plunked down some cash on this and gave it a listen.

Maybe I should quit being so obstinate. This is an excellent recording. There is a group of fine young singers (I'm thinking of Jacqui Naylor, Erin Bode, Judith Owen and, to a lesser extent, Jackie Allen) who are jazz singers crossing into pop, and have released some good-to-great recordings in the past few years. This is toward the top of that milieu, and Sara Gazarek definitely deserves mention in the same breath with those others.

The first thing that hits me about this c.d. is how clean it sounds. Certainly Joel Moss and Chris Hobson, the sound engineers, deserve kudos for that; but I'm also talking about Sara Gazarek's voice. Her diction, phrasing, intonation and consistency of volume throughout the ranges of her voice are first-rate. And soundwise, her voice reminds me a lot of Karrin Allyson (and that's a very good thing!).

My favorites on this c.d. are: her gorgeous duet with pianist Josh Nelson on Billy Joel's "And So It Goes"; the addition of some even more gorgeous string bass bowing by Erik Kortes with Nelson on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"; and the closing track with strings, a heartfelt tribute to a mentor, Ludvig Girdland, entitled "Original 4."

As beautiful as those are, though, that is not to slight anything else on this c.d. (including and especially "Carey", a nod to the patron sainte of this group of singers, Joni Mitchell). The whole disc will get your alpha waves in order and put you into a state of bliss. It's worth a listen. No, it's worth a bunch of listens. RC
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara Gazarek has done it again... June 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having seen her live at the Vic in Santa Monica on 2/22/07, The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert on 3/17/2007, and at the Catalina Jazz Club (aka Catalina Bar & Grill) in Hollywood on 4/23/07 with her previewing "most" of the songs on this album....it is just a pleasure to now have them in hand.

First off this album is in general a very mellow, mostly relective song list...with some very brightly lit exceptions ("Carey" by Joni Mitchell among others). Sara demonstrates a willing and highly competent ability to have musical expeditions beyond the safety of her very, upbeat, hopeful, easy going songs.. Her fans will appreciate all those "beyond-the-perimeter" efforts here.

The Billy Joel song "And So It Goes" trumps everything on this album IMHO ...and it translates from her live performances of this song to CD quite well...but it is obvious to see her do this piece in person that she is taken by the song almost like she was in a meditative trance....this song digs deep and you cannot avoid the cuts ....and the sequel on this album to this is probably the very aggressively sung piece written by Leonard Cohen, "Halleluah". It was surprising hearing her add this to her song list and her rendition of this with the wider acoustic capabilities of the McCallum left you stunned....it is an expansive composition..full of irony and Sara performed this flawlessly...maybe she will try Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat" as was done by Jennifer Warnes and available on Amazon ..in a new ablum which I hope Sara is starting to do RIGHT NOW! The bass play of Erik Kertes is worth the price of admission on "Halleluah". This studio created version is perfect...

You have to add again that her accompanying group is simply the best ..wow......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this girl isn't the next BIG star........., August 11, 2007
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....I shall be astonished. This is one of the very finest albums by a young jazz singer I have ever heard [actually, forget the qualifying adjective "young"; very finest...period]. Sara has the natural rhythms and style of one born to this music....and so few do. She has a voice of beauty and clarity that would turn many another fine singer green with envy.

The numbers here aren't as well known as some...Joni Mitchell's "Carey" and Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" are really wonderful....

Sara has the makings of a real legend...she's already one of the more accomplished singers you could ever want to hear. Let us all hope that the girl gets good management, and takes good care of her voice. We're eager for more....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winning Sara Gazarek Record January 12, 2009
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"Return To You," the second studio record by jazz singer Sara Gazarek, finds the young vocalist continuing to delight and tantalize the listener. She's a young woman who performs like an old soul.

Not that she sounds old at all. Far from it. Ms. Gazarek performs with youthful vitality and playfulness, all while singing many songs that are old enough to be her great-grandparents. She continues to sample the Great American Songbook, while peppering her records with originals and non-traditional jazz remakes. "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling," "Carey," "Dear Someone," and "Let's Try This Again" are just a few of the great songs to be heard on this CD.

What the world needs now is more singers like Sara Gazarek who mix the old and the new into the best combination possible - the good. Looking forward to her next record.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good singer -- I enjoy the CD.
This is my second CD by Miss Gazarek, the other being 'Yours'.
I like 'Yours' a little better because Miss Gazarek spends a little more time in her lower vocal register which... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Giskard Reventlov
4.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, great album
Heard her version of Hallelujah on the radio and had to buy the CD. Great album; have really enjoyed it.
Published on November 13, 2011 by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars so happy
Sarah G. has such a light, joyful voice. You can tell that she loves what she is doing, and you can't help but love it with her. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Rebecca Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Just two tunes will make you fall in love with Sara Gazarek
Sara Gazarek is in the "next wave" of female American jazz singers. The immediately preceding one, which started about 25 years ago, were pop singers who crossed over to sing some... Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by Rocky Mountain Jazz Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD CD FOR EASY LISTENING
Sara Gazarek is a very good singer, smooth, mellow and right on in her interprtations. I hope she makes it but for me she may be one of a fine current group of female singers... Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by James L. Woolridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful takes on most of the songs
I came to this album with no predispositions, having never heard Sara Gazarek previously. I listened to "Northern Lights" online and decided I wanted whatever this girl was... Read more
Published on December 17, 2008 by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treasure
What a treasure to find this warm, flexible voice deliver these songs with such sincerity. Ms. Gazarek has a great sense of phrasing and color and can choose any tool from her... Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by Karen Dhyanchand
5.0 out of 5 stars I've really enjoyed this album
It took me a while to get into some of the songs on this album but now that I have I think they're great! Each of her CDs are good and she puts on a great live show. Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by J. Bade
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup o' tea
I'm sorry for being the only low reviewer thus far, but I didn't enjoy listening to this album. The cover songs are not creative in my opinion, it feels rather cliche. Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by Goober
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