A fine singer with a very attractive voice, Sylvia Brooks has a glamorous image that is a bit nostalgic of the 1940s and 50s. Her style falls between jazz and cabaret and she emphasizes dramatic renditions of vintage standards.
On Dangerous Liaisons, Ms. Brooks is accompanied by up to eight pieces including pianist Jeff Colella, altoist Kim Richmond, bassist Chris Colangelo and drummer Kendall Kay, performing arrangements by Tom Garvin, Colella and Richmond. Although there are some brief solos, the spotlight is on the singer throughout and she comes through. Highlights include “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “Sway,” “When The Sun Comes Out” and “The Man That Got Away” with “Harlem Nocturne” being the most offbeat choice.
Throughout this date, Sylvia Brooks gives the lyrics plenty of feeling, not being shy to bare her emotions. Although I would like to hear her improvise more in the future and infuse some lesser-known songs with her infectious personality, this is an excellent effort that is well worth picking up. Dangerous Liaisons is available from www.sylviabrooks.net.
LA Jazz Scene