"The term "high wire act" is often used to describe recordings where a singer is backed by only the most minimal number of players. That's the premise behind Far & Near, but between Lewis's always strong singing, expert choice of material, and a small group that delivers big, the thrill in this case comes entirely from the music."
"Jazz singer Brenda Lewis is the rare type of musician whose best instrument is herself. The woman has a voice that is both powerful and controlled and confirms that the best days of jazz - of Etta James performing at smoky New Orleans’ pubs - are not over. What makes Brenda Lewis so impressive isn’t only her natural talent but her years of experience. She has been singing professionally for twenty years in all genres - in gospel, funk, R&B, and as part of country/blues duo, Lewis & Molesworth. Last weekend, Lewis played three slots at the Waterloo Jazz Festival, an incredible success."
"... the sweet sounds of Jazz came together in an intimate show at the Magnolia Café. The jazzy groove was the work of two amazing musicians, Brenda Lewis and Margaret Stowe. The soulful duo’s hometown show comes off their recent concert at the prominent McMichael Gallery." (From the review titled: "For the Love of Jazz")
“FROM REVIEW OF FEBRUARY 1, 2011: The album title understates the music. It isn’t just jazzlike, it’s jazz. Brenda mixes some classic tunes with a couple new songs from Canadian composers and ends up with a jumping jazz album that should satisfy anyone who’s been missing Rosemary Clooney. (FROM REVIEW OF FEBRUARY 1, 2011) Margaret Stowe provides virtually all the backing with her fine jazz guitar stylings. One track (“Falling in Love Again”) features guest guitar by Tony Quarrington, but other than that it’s Marg and Brenda alone. They work together like a finely tuned machine. The guitar sets the tempo, the voice provides the melody, then Ms. Stowe blows for a verse or two, and Brenda takes it home. This is torch singing of the highest standard."”
“FROM REVIEW OF MARCH 18, 2011: Brenda Lewis possesses one of those voices that never become tiresome. Her eclectic repertoire spans the Big Band era as well as the many differing segments of jazz. Each piece is given a personality and never becomes a tribute version to whoever made the composition a standard. Even her ‘Danny Boy’ paean to St. Patrick’s Day (and this humble scribe!) was presented without melodrama or pathos. No wonder her newest CD was scooped up by last night’s departing guests.”
"She softly intoned a realm of yesterday's duets with greats that are now on The Big Gig in The Sky and I was inspired."
"Her rich full-bodied voice is an elastic instrument, especially in songs that speak to the heart."