As you listen to Susie Meissner’s new CD I’m Confessin’, you will quickly understand why she received such an enthusiastic reception for her first album, I’ll Remember April. The best singers have the intelligence and judgment to pick good material, pay attention to the meaning of the lyrics, respect the melody, and present the songs in a musical setting that honors both aspects of each song. Finally, you need a singer who has the chops to deliver all of this in a fresh and convincing manner. Susie gets high marks all around on I’m Confessin’.
This is an album that affords Susie Meissner plenty of opportunity to show off her immaculate taste and impressive versatility. She is well served by the stellar cast of musicians who surround her throughout. Then there is the special presence on four tracks of one of the true giants on the current jazz scene, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. This CD offers a superb listening experience.
Meissner’s 2009 debut CD release, “I’ll Remember April” with trumpet sensation Brian Lynch, features her fresh and intimate vocals in a collection of much-loved jazz and Brazilian standards. Her passion and exuberance for this music is unmistakable, and her CD was chosen by W.R. Stokes of the Jazz Journalist’s Association as “one of the best 20 Jazz Vocal CDs of the year.” Of her recent appearance at the IRIDIUM in New York City, Joe Lang of Jersey Jazz Journal wrote “she’s as impressive in live performance as she is on her recording.”
“Warm alto at its swinging fullest” — All About Jazz- NY
“Fresh read of enduring standards” — Jazziz