• Jonathan Widran

SUSAN KREBS CHAMBER BAND, Light Out of Darkness

Anyone soulful and spiritually intuitive enough to celebrate the season of renewal by juxtaposing a bluesy Ray Charles classic alongside fresh, inspired arrangements of pieces by Vivaldi and Stravinsky deserves our deepest love and attention. In addition to being a renowned film, TV and stage actress and vocalist, Krebs is a self-styled “jazz gardener” whose passion for nature and music have long intertwined.

Working with her unique four piece jazz chamber band – featuring piano, woodwinds, percussion and violin – Krebs mines the jazz, classical and Broadway realms to create a beautiful story, rendered via five lushly arranged vocals and two instrumentals (three with “spring” in the title), about the necessity of rebirth in a world fraught with unrelenting distractions and challenges.