CD REVIEW: Sarah Kervin - Passing Through
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Sarah Kervin
CD: Passing Through
Label: Independent Artist
Jazz, Orchestral, Pop-Jazz
Best Songs: It’s Not That Easy, Cold Empty Bed, Samba de Encanato
Weakness: Winded Songs, Short Sided Catalogue
New York based Sarah Kervin just released her latest effort entitled Passing Though in 2012. This is her first solo effort and release.
The CD kicks things off with "Into the City” a heartfelt intro piece with its methodical intro, rock steady beat, melodic jazz ambience and smooth as silk vocals from Kervin. Track 2 “Cold Empty Bed” is an impressive follow up ditty statement serving up impressive jazz accents, well placed horn and guitar section against seductive lyrical content and more honey coated vocals from Kervin. Track 3 “Passing Through” dishes out a brilliant piece with eloquent piano and mesmerizing musical flow coupled with heartfelt vocal delivery from Kervin that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. The music itself has a jazz-pop vibe reminiscent of Nora Jones, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Eva Cassidy and a dash of Natalie Cole. As this CD slowly unfolds it’s obvious the players in Kervin’s band are quite accomplished. All horn section touches extremely melodic, the drummer pushes the natural accents perfectly and the silky rhythm section clearly gives this production. Make no bones about it this is classic Vocal-Jazz with a touch or Pop. What I like the most about this band grooves together – testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. There is a plethora of musical instrumentation featured here including Trumpet, Trombone, Jazz Piano, Guitar, well placed Percussive accents all built upon a thick rhythmic foundation. Now turning out attention over to Kervin, as for her vocal abilities she fits perfectly into this Pop/Jazz genera - like a glove. Yep this is clearly where she belongs. Her voice goes down smooth and her vibrato is to die for. Like the aforementioned; she fills the Jazz-Pop space flawlessly. Along the way you will no doubt notice some of her vocal influences which may include, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald and of course Judy Garland and Doris Day. All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. Kervin delivers 10 solid tracks all providing deep, thought provoking wisdom with messages that are uplifting and positive. From jumping “Borrowin’ Trouble” to heartfelt “Glitter in the Air”, “Let Him Fly” and “Guess Who I Saw Today” to slamming “It’s Not That Easy” to Spanish “Samba de Encanato” this CD pretty much has something for everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 ”Blues in the Night” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All tracks over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I wish there were say 2-3 more tracks on the CD.
After spending some quality time with Sarah Kervin and company I simply abandoned all hopes of finding any solid weakness. Instead as the CD progressed I became more and more impressed. Let me go on record and say Passing Through is a world class musical production from start to finish. There’s not a weak song on this entire catalogue period! The musicianship is first rate, the songs are strong and consistent musical experiences. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Lastly - the playing, writing, and singing abilities of Sarah Kevin are world class, and her X-Factor dial is well into the Green Band. Sarah Kervin is an artist worthy of attention, spotlight, and praise. Everything about Kervin screams talent and professionalism and she is the real deal, and it's just a matter of time before artists like her reach critical acclaim on an international level. I guess could go on and on all night about Sarah Kervin you simply have got to get your hands on some of his music and see what I am talking about. You should start with Passing Through.