CD Review: Celia Berk’s “Now That I Have Everything”

Lisa Jo Sagolla
A wondrous singer, Celia Berk provides the perfect autumn album with her new CD, Now That I Have Everything.  Her handsome voice emits the warm beauty of fall colors, deep browns, rich reds, golden yellows, and bold orange.  And her album’s beguiling musical selections, reflecting the many facets of romantic love, are rendered from a...

CD Review: Eleri Ward’s “Keep a Tender Distance”

Gerry Geddes
Sondheim tribute recordings and CDs have become a cottage industry in the music world.  There have been many fine entries in the genre harkening back to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Dame Cleo Laine, Jackie & Roy, Herbie Hancock, and Betty Buckley to name a few, not to mention the myriad concert and studio tributes by...

CD Review: Elizabeth Ward Land’s “Still Within the Sound of My Voice—The Songs of Linda Ronstadt

Gerry Geddes
It is a tricky proposition to make a studio recording of a cabaret show; there are so many elements to consider. Most of the people who hear the recording will not have seen the show and will have no frame of reference other than the audio. Tempos, keys, arrangements, and order might need to be...

CD Review: Patrisha Thomson’s “Wild is the Wind”

Gerry Geddes
Sometimes listening to the repertoire featured on a recording can be like slipping into a favorite old coat; the coat is well-made and provides comfort, warmth, and a dash of elegance, with few surprises other than in the quality of the craftsmanship. Wild is the Wind, the new release from singer Patrisha Thomson is just...

CD Review: Jeff Harnar’s “I Know Things Now—My Life in Sondheim’s Words”

Lisa Jo Sagolla
Award-winning nightclub and concert vocalist Jeff Harnar has been beguiling cabaret audiences since the late 1980s with his romantic voice and upbeat, boyish persona.  On June 17, PS Classics released I Know Things Now—My Life in Sondheim’s Words, Harnar’s first solo album in 17 years—and it’s truly extraordinary.  Based on the singer’s sung-through stage show,...

CD Review: Beverley Church Hogan’s “Sweet Invitation”

Gerry Geddes
In an era where Marilyn Maye, Petula Clark, Sheila Jordan, and Shirley Bassey are still going strong with no sign of slowing down, it should come as no surprise that 86-year-old singer Beverley Church Hogan would release a CD as masterful, savvy and irresistibly entertaining as her new recording, Sweet Invitation. Church Hogan’s voice, like...

CD Review: “Gary Brumburgh’s “Full Circle”

Gerry Geddes
Gary Brumburgh was content to be a teacher until he happened to be cast in an amateur production of a Broadway musical; he was immediately smitten and left his former career to spend the next two decades studying acting and singing and appearing in myriad local productions, touring companies, and any musical he could find....