I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the artist has personally selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening track “Into The City” sets the stage rather well for a modern day Jazz/Pop CD like this. It was a passionate intro piece that stuck in my head with a brilliantly delivered with a richly woven Contemporary Jazz texture with melodies that have serious melodic staying power. Music will remind you of many classic Jazz singers of the past like Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, and Corina Bailey Rae. But there’ an undeniable Pop influence there as well like from Josh Grobin, and Michael Buble. To be honest I can’t say enough about Kervin’s writing style and vocal appeal. A far as singing goes: rather than showboat, she sings a song the way it’s supposed to be sung – from the heart. Kervin’s band provides the perfect musical landscape for her vocal instrument. “Passing Through” features a full band compliment and captures a very pure and genuine big city night sound that is classic Pop Jazz and will touch the listener both emotionally and spiritually. Kervin has a sound that favors many Broadway giants of the past yet with a modern day conservative pop feel. It’s simple yet brilliant. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many genres’ into one unique sound. Weather this is by design or simply by accident it’s amazing.
The songs that stuck with me the most were “Samba de Encanato.”
If there was one word I would use to describe Kervin it would be passion. This CD will simply make your day a more entertaining place, but there is an undeniable soulful passion beneath the performances that can’t be taught in any textbook. Kervin is the genuine article vocalist/composer/performer. It’s obvious to me his primary goal as artist is to make the world a better place one song at a time.
Purchase Link: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/sarah-kervin-mn0003036607[Rating:4/5]
Written my Mindy McCall
edited by Michael Morrison
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