“FOUR STARS! Sometimes reflective, sometimes joyous--and everything in-between-her small but protean jazz band thoughtfully addresses the material... Give singer Lohninger an A....”
“What separates Christmas in July from most other straight-ahead holiday recordings is its intelligence. ... The arrangements make the songs and Lohninger holds steady with a most demanding repertoire.”
“Christmas in July is wondrous. Led by a charming, intelligent vocalist with a cunning, tight band providing snow-kissed atmosphere, this is one Christmas album worth spinning again and again. ”
“There is a certain novel fantasy about having Christmas in July; in a strange way it is bold, attractive , imaginative, exciting, yet illusory. It characterizes the prodigious talent of vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger, with one distinction: Elisabeth Lohninger is no illusion. She is as real as winter's snow; and she shows it in all its breathtaking forms on this Christmas Jazz CD.”
“Ms. Lohninger’s vocal stirs emotions you didn’t even know you had left in you. ... This is the best seasonal CD I’ve heard this year, & gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.96.”
“This Christmas In July is one of those rare albums that will remain on many folks' playlists long after the Holiday hangover is, uh, over.”
“Lohninger’s Christmas in July is wondrous. Led by a charming, intelligent vocalist with a cunning, tight band providing snow-kissed atmosphere, this is one Christmas album worth spinning again and again. ”
"Lohninger shapes an adventurous but accessible session that ideally showcases her voice. Dark and dense as blackberries yet lustrous as pearls, it is a stunning instrument that deserves smart, sympathetic support."
“***** "Songs Of Love And Destruction..it is a stunning work of art that showcases Lohninger from start to finish... Lohninger is nothing short of breathtaking. Her voice is so perfect for jazz that it would be a crime for her to do anything else. .. There's something hard to put your finger on about her, something absolutely full of soul and meaning, that makes her believable and a real pleasure to listen to." (5 stars)”
"...Lohninger leads the dance throughout with her smoky and direct voice. She is a very impressive musician who can really put the emotions of her music across."
“**** "Songs of Love and Destruction is a mix of folk, jazz and pop culture original and cover songs by one of the world's most-traveled and under-heard artists. ...An original sounding rendition of the Beatles classic [Here There And Everywhere] is one of the best jazzy versions I’ve heard.”
"She goes for soul-baring intimacy, the fear of the end of happiness, the shivering premonition in K.D. Lang’s “Save Me”, the mutilating self doubts in Joni Mitchell’s “River”, the dark loneliness in “Alone Together” or the fragile anticipation in the Beatles classic “Here There And Everywhere.” A minimum of ornamentation, a maximum of subtlety. Lots of good reasons to follow Barth and company and immediately join the Elisabeth-Lohninger-Fanclub."
"Austrian-American Elisabeth Lohninger is emerging as a major creative force in jazz vocals. ...She is as ready to perform an original composition as a time-honored standard, tossing both off with the same ease Goethe did verse. Her skill as a composer ranks among the best currently recording."
"...a powerful performer and highly-skilled improviser and composer."
"Elisabeth Lohninger is the real thing and despite the fact that she already has a large following in jazz lovers, with this album she is bound to leap to the top of the charts everywhere. This is exceptional musicianship and artistry! Elisabeth Lohninger is the real thing and despite the fact that she already has a large following in jazz lovers, with this album she is bound to leap to the top of the charts everywhere. This is exceptional musicianship and artistry!"
"Not only does Elisabeth Lohninger present a good repertoire on "Songs of Love and Destruction," but she surrounds herself with a great supporting cast, as well. That mixture makes the album a constant winner."
"Elisabeth Lohninger is a superb vocalist...a strong CD by a truly outstanding musician."
"...Well, here it is, done up throughout with class and sophistication. Lohninger's voice and phrasing are jazzy and cosmopolitan, comforting and exhilarating. She can hold a note, carry a melody, and scat - all as if variously attired in evening gowns and denim ieans. The flames and fameouts of love burn heavy here."
"With Songs of Love and Destruction she also has announced with grace and originality her deserved place within the broadly defined description of a jazz singer."
"Elizabeth Lohninger is one of those remarkable jazz vocalists who not only posesses an innate musicality, but also a gorgeous vocal instrument complimented by superb taste."
"I am seldom captured by a lady vocalist as firmly as I was while listening to the opening bars of Joni Mitchell's "River" as performed by Elisabeth - totally captivating."
"..an inspired scat singer who reworks even the most familiar material so that it sounds fresh."
"Elizabeth Lohninger's selection of covers and originals smolders and percolates at a gentle fever pitch. The originals hold their own against near definitive versions of Joni Mitchell's River and k.d. lang's Save Me (maybe the best cover ever of a k.d.lang song), and Robin and Rainger's If I Should Lose You." www.homegrownradionj.org
"The record is deeply emotional, deeply significant and Lohninger’s vocal command and control floats this one through to the heavens...She’s both a vocal giant and a smoky club singer...Missing out this vocal jazz conjuror would be, in my view, a mistake."
"This CD is full of creativity and intelligence, spotlighting a fine singer."
"Elisabeth Lohninger is a performer with enough of the equal parts of intelligence, nerve, imagination and talent that are necessary to pull it off and she does so, marvelously."
"a musician, an artist, a poet who sings."
"Her voice is unusual, hypnotic, & strangely attractive. ... Succinctly stated: This CD project is a killer!"