"Like food cooked over a slow Bohemian fire, “simple gifts” is savory and satisfying… Honed in small venues and living rooms, “simple gifts” is an album to ponder vignette by vignette."
"Krebs' recording ["simple gifts"] is that potent, fecund, and essential… an extension and a perfection of that effort to push jazz boundaries into alternate areas… I do not anticipate hearing a more satisfying or original recording the rest of this year." 5 STARS **
"Krebs and her band sound like no one else in today’s jazz world… the vibe here is contemporary jazz drawing from many influences from the past…"
"Virtuosic spontaneity, tempered and 'cooked' by riveting lead vocalist Susan Krebs… she eschews no vocal challenge: demonstrating enviable pitch range, extraordinary intonation, and a finely tuned sense of vocal dynamics… no escaping the magic embedded in these “simple gifts”, as Krebs makes her songs personal, authentic and unforgettable."
"…wonderful modern day musical thinking and performing… a new Jazz paradigm… fresh and beautiful. "
“A jazz singer steeped in experience with a "no fear" soul. The double-shot of experience and exuberance is what characterizes Krebs' art, and she spreads both liberally on Everything Must Change... With Everything Must Change, Krebs ascends to a point of recognition, one richly deserved.”
“Krebs has the latitude to make the music she wants to make and add her own special sauce as and when needed. Here we have an intimate, gutsy jazz vocal date...and she once again shows that she can handle any facet of jazz singing.”
“Krebs' music wraps itself around the listener like a big hug... providing considerable meaning, direction, and personal reflection... The creative arrangements allow for warm, expressive conversations between the vocalist and instrumentalists.”
“The joy of making music is nice. The joy of making good music is Susan Krebs.”
“Refreshing...A wonderfully eclectic release with a warm rich sound that works hand in glove with her vocals... the spotlight on the music which Krebs delivers with a refreshing honesty and clearly shows her comfort zone as an artist.”
"Krebs’ voice is rich and pure with an enticingly dusky patina. Blessedly free of affectation, she rivals Karrin Allyson and Diana Krall in her ability to climb inside a lyric and make it seem as if she’s lived there her entire life..."
"There’s just love and joy and gratitude for the inspiration which motivated this full-throated song fest [Jazz Aviary]... Krebs’ interpretive passion, intelligence, and love for the project can be heard throughout."
"Susan Krebs has nothing but fondness for our feathered friends—and expresses her joyous affection magnificently throughout this fascinating concept project...irresistible offerings from a formidable jazz artist.
"Krebs so skillfully invades the likes of “Baltimore Oriole”, “Skylark”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”, Lennon and McCartney’s “Blackbird” and Abbey Lincoln’s “Bird Alone” that the result is like a series of delicate yet masterfully constructed origami creatures..."