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C. Michael Bailey – All About Jazz

Jun, 7, 2017
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Vocalist Sylvia Brooks likes to provide her music a noir patina, that smoky and dark evening tone preferred by the likes of the fictional hard men: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Jeff Markham. On her third recording, The Arrangement, this patina is given a high buff shine into something more contemporary, without losing any of Read More

Sylvia Brooks/The Arrangement – (SBM)

Jun, 5, 2017
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Sylvia Brooks, who has been singing and acting in Southern California during the past decade. Her voice is attractive and alluring, her phrasing is swinging, and she always sings in-tune. Ms. Brooks has had some success with her first two CDs, Dangerous Liaisons and Restless, which often found her singing in dramatic fashion while looking Read More

SYLVIA BROOKS/The Arrangement- Midwest Record Review

May, 23, 2017
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The queen of jazz noir changes her look and sound a bit but the cover shot still smacks of a femme fatale slinking down a hotel hallway. Corralling the crème of LA’s jazzbo community to assist at all levels of the game, she writes a little more, digs some different sounds, but never loses sight Read More

Chris Spector – Midwest Record Review

May, 22, 2017
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SYLVIA BROOKS/Restless: Utterly smoking jazz noir, Brooks takes smoky after hours jazz into realms only hinted at in movies like “Body Heat”. I don’t know where she’s pulling this from but Brooks is one dame that understands what it is to be a femme fatale. Hitting under used classics and mixing them in with some Read More

SYLVIA BROOKS/The Arrangement- JERSEY JAZZ

May, 22, 2017
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The arrangers on the new CD by vocalist SYLVIA BROOKS, The Arrangement  had a dream assignment. Brooks selected 14 songs for the disc, and she asked each of the five gents doing the charts, Otmaro Ruiz, Quinn Johnson, Jeff Colella, Kim Richmond and Christian Jacob to write the arrangements using both brass and reeds. They Read More

Hanighan/Cootie Williams ~

Apr, 30, 2017
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KRFC FT COLLINS ~ 88.9FM The Most Alarmin’ Version Of “‘Round Midnight” That I’ve Ever Heard ~ Jazz Anthem Of Thelonious Monk/Bernie Hanighan/Cootie Williams ~

Bob Collins/Jazz Producer/WRHU

Apr, 28, 2017
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Just received Restless from Lisa. ..first rate! Bob Collins/Jazz Producer/WRHU

Dennis Woo, KTEP Radio – El Paso

Apr, 21, 2017
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Sylvia Brooks has this sultry look at life and breathes new life into the songbooks that we have all become accustomed to over the years! – Dennis Woo, KTEP Radio – El Paso

LA Jazz Scene Review – Restless

Sep, 12, 2013
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It is obvious from the siren heard at the start of “’Round Midnight” that this is not a conventional jazz vocal album. Sylvia Brooks is a dramatic singer who fits easily into the film noir atmosphere set by arranger Kim Richmond. In fact, the backup band is called the “Artmosphere Orchestra.” Much of the music Read More

Sylvia Brooks – RESTLESS

Nov, 5, 2012
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If these four words – tasty female jazz vocal – fit into your plan for the day, you’ll be itchin’ (as in restless) to listen to Sylvia’s high-energy “Jazz Noir” (her own words, by the way) on this eleven-song gem! Particularly on pieces like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – if you don’t come away from Read More