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Maria Jacobs / Press

“A REVIEW WRITTEN FOR FOLK AND ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE Mark S. Tucker ...Here Comes Winter- Review The only proper adjective for Jacobs' voice is 'beautiful', but, yes, there definitely is that embroidery of Eros frequently rising, never brash, always mindful, but redolent of the need for contact and hearts blending. Critic Scott Yanow caught Fall in Love Again just right in the promo lit when remarking that it should be a show tune, what with its rising dramatics and stagelight ambiance…followed by Frank Loesser's Never Will I Marry, carried off as though the singer were the lead figure in a version of Annie taken to young adulthood and cynicism, a side light in whatever a Broadway production with Jacobs might be. Her cover of Time after Time is drop-dead gorgeous, something Kenny Rankin would swoon for and Kimiko Itoh softly smile upon. Then there's the equally melting rendition of Brian Wilson's In my Room. Here Comes Winter contains a bit of bop and swing but largely is a set”

Mark Tucker - Acoustic Music Exchange

“Blog Critics MUSIC REVIEWS: THE LADIES SING JAZZ by Jack Goldstine, February 10, 2015 Here Comes Winter- Review Here Comes Winter, vocalist Maria Jacobs’ fifth solo album and follow-up to her critically applauded 2013 effort, The Art of the Duo, once again shows the singer putting her special touch to a classic or two, adding some of her own original material, and stretching out with an few pieces you wouldn’t ordinarily expect on a jazz album. Jacobs is a talented singer who can do emotional intensity when called for, but who clearly understands the cliché that often less is more, and can do restraint as well. The standards she covers are a swinging arrangement of Frank Loesser’s “Never Will I Marry” including a little scat interlude and a transformative “Time After Time” with some effective accompaniment from guitarist Bob Fraser and the bass of Brian Wildman. There are five original tracks, two – “Til’ Forever Comes” and “Fall in Love Again” – wher”

Jack Goldstine - Blog Critics

“JAZZ WEEKLY by George W. Harris, October 31,2014 Here Comes Winter- Review Most of the tunes have Jacobs singing with the Spartan accompaniment of Bob Fraser/g and occasionally with Cliff Habian/str and Brian Wildman/b among others. The guitar/voice duets have a stark and alluring simplicity to them, particularly the vulnerable take of “Both Sides Now.” Her take of “In My Room” is quiet and reflective, while her own material, such as the devotional “My God Is Here” shows her heart like an open and revealing book. Reflective music for chaotic times.”

George W. Harris - Jazz Weekly

“LA Jazz Scene Scott Yanow Maria Jacobs has grown quite a bit since her earlier days when she sang jazz in Los Angeles. Born in Cleveland, she spent 11 years performing in L.A. before returning to the Midwest. Maria has since opened up her repertoire to include her own originals, folk songs (including several by Joni Mitchell), and any material that suits her interests and her voice. She has expanded her range, both vocally and in the subject matter and styles that she explores... Among the highpoints of this excellent set are the melancholy and thoughtful original ballad “Here Comes Winter,” the modern torch song “Till Forever Comes,” and a wonderful version of the Joni Mitchell classic “From Both Sides Now.” On “Never Will I Marry,” Maria hints at Nancy Wilson a bit and expertly scats a Cannonball Adderley solo. Here Comes Winter, a milestone in the career of Maria Jacobs, is easily recommended.”

Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene

“Jazz Corner, Robert Sutton "Chasing Dreams" is a knockout punch of an album. The impressive range and heartfelt feelings that her voice displays is no amateur hour... This lady can truly sing, from the deep recesses of the heart.”

Robert Sutton - Jazz Corner

“LA Jazz Scene, Scott Yanow "Chasing Dreams" is Maria Jacobs strongest record to date...she is a singer worth discovering. Maria has a powerful voice, is a subtle improvisor and puts plenty of feeling into her singing.”

Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene

“All About Jazz.com Published: September 09, 2011 CHASING DREAMS - Review Excerpt Former radio DJ Maria Jacobs soars with mesmerizing vocals on new CD "...with her new album Chasing Dreams, Jacobs has now established herself as a top-drawer singer, one who is as talented and emotionally stirring as the artists whose records she used to spin over the airwaves... There's no doubt that Jacobs was born to be a vocalist...her singing has the crystalline beauty and bluesy power of the old jazz greats." - All About Jazz.com ”

Robert Sutton - All About Jazz

“Maria Jacobs [- Hide] Greg Tutweiler - Singer Magazine I heard Maria sing at the IAJE conference...I was ... I heard Maria sing at the IAJE conference...I was so impressed with her vocal talent...I asked if she ever thought of doing anything along the lines of Nora Jones...Chasing Dreams is not Maria'a first CD, but quite possibly could be her best work to date. HEr sultry voice and eloquent lyrical content are captivating. Tracks of note: "I Wish You Belonged to Me" and "Pour Me a Cup of Yesterday." -- Greg Tutweiler ”

Greg Tutweiler - Songer Magazine

“No Frills [- Hide] Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene It is always fun to discover new up-and-coming tal... It is always fun to discover new up-and-coming talents in the jazz world. Maria Jacobs is a fine singer with an appealing voice, a subtle style and the ability to swing. On her debut recording she is joined by Mike Petrone or Robert "Skeets" Ross on piano, Martin Block or Jesse Dandy on bass, on four of the nine songs drummer Roy King and on three tunes the saxes of Gerald Linthicome. Among the highlights are a pair of vocal-piano duets (Black Coffee" and "You Don't Know What Love Is"). ...Maria JAcobs sings mostly melodic versions of standards (plus her own "No Frills"), stretching out a bit on "Corcovado," "In A Mellow Tone" and "You Don't Know What Love Is." ...this is an impressive start to what should be a productive career. ”

Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene