The Critics Say...
Breach is one of the finest talents to explode on the New York Cabaret
scene in a long, long time. She is not flashy, overly dramatic or campy.
She is sophisticated, subtle and knows her way around a good song. How
many singers can say that much?"
-Robert M. Goodman,
CAB Magazine, NY
soothing voice of the tasteful Miss Breach lends itself not only to the
essential evergreens that all good singers must handle, but also to the
special kind of material that only the best attempt. Her good taste and
musicianship...make waiting for a table a pleasure."
is a singer paying her dues and reaping tertiary rewards: I doubt if
there's much in her pockets to keep her in groceries for all of her
talent. Still, there's something valiant about her dedication to quality
that deserves a wider audience. Thank heavens she is around to breathe
some life into an extraordinary listless year in the cabaret
"Joyce Breach pours each song as if the drink order is scotch neat and hold the ice. She never strays far from the standards and gives them their due without trying to call attention to the skilled way she's doing it."
The Village Voice
pleasure it is to listen to Joyce Breach sing. Her voice is like warm
honey (mind you, I've never tasted warm honey, but if it isn't exactly
like her voice, it should be) and with her beautifully fluid technique,
words and music pour forth effortlessly. With no frills, no gimmicks, she
gets right to the heart of the matter, and her choice of material shows
imagination and great taste."
"Her voice and
her subdued style is made to order for the melodic numbers of the great
films of the 'forties'. As good as Joyce is, it was no mistake for
her to take on The Boy Next Door, the Martin/Blane hit from Meet
Me In St. Louis. Eight bars into it and any recollection of Judy
Garland doing the number in the film was lost."
Roy on Joyce's changing style:
"It's always been extremely musical, but originally she was laid back, very, very simple. She's gone on to offer more tender, more overt expressions of love and other feelings with new refinements that make her singing more exciting. Also, she's gradually cutting loose in a lot of areas. I'd go to hear her at Danny's and all of a sudden this funnier and more dramatic lady would appear. I just love it!"
New York singer with a warm vibrant sound and excellent taste...Like many
of the best singers, she is part cabaret, part jazz."
fresh-voiced charmer with a feel for fine songs..."
voice of Joyce Breach is one of the most arresting things we've
experienced in a long time. She's effortless without being lazy and the
sound is beautiful without being syrupy...Breach
and Roy perform 18 swell tunes and not a tired, overdone standard is found
in the bunch."
phony bells and whistles and a voice as vibrant as fine port wine and warm
as smoldering embers, she sang a selection of love songs to a sold out
audience. Breach's selections
from more than two sides; from Why Did I Choose You to The Pity
of it All and a stunning version of Where Are You? that would
make Mabel Mercer proud."
adds to the lyric artistry of Mabel Mercer by way of her own relaxed
swing. Her vocal sound, which is warm, mature and emotionally balanced, is
a delight. The result is a CD of excellent interpretation that in many
instances I find preferable to those of her idol. Breach achieves her goal
with effortless grace...She also vividly demonstrates to anyone who might
not have encountered her before now that she is herself an artist of
mentor, Ms. Breach gets to the aesthetics of her repertoire, examining
each stanza, turning both the rueful, obscure ballads...and the swinging
vintage standards into one-act musical scenarios with polish and brio. Her
singing is technically flawless and emotionally wrenching."
definitely belongs in the company of the best...Highly recommended to
those who like their songs served up with class."
JazzBeat, New Orleans
"Boy, can she
each new recording, Breach does what would seem to be impossible: Get even
better. Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best."
could ask for more than honey-voiced Joyce Breach singing a dozen and a
half hand-picked songs? Maybe William Roy to accompany her at the piano,
which makes Love Is The Thing as near perfect as possible. Breach has
impeccable taste in picking songs, then interpreting them in uncluttered
fashion. Together, Breach and Roy make music for grown-ups."
"Joyce Breach sang with a real sense of rhythmic adventure. Breach also—like Doris Day and Ella Fitzgerald—had a disarming way of letting her breath support ease away at the end of a phrase that made
You're Sensational downright seductive."
"It is a long
time since anyone delivered the quiet nostalgia of These Foolish Things
with such conviction.
"Ever wonder about an heir
apparent to Rosemary Clooney in delivering an
honest, witty and sophisticated approach to a good song? We already have
her in Joyce Breach. Like Rosie, you can depend on Joyce for perception,
subtlety and warmth.
mixes standards like "Blame
it On My Youth" and "After You" with
arty period pieces by Bart Howard and Alec Wilder that evoke the hothouse
cocktail culture of the Upper East Side in an earlier era."
Ingham on Joyce's Voice:
"She has this really warm sound, a richness, an Ella kind of thing. It's very hard to find singers who sing as naturally as Joyce does. No artifice, no gimmicks, no cutesy-pie or Betty Boop stuff!"
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