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Is there a world for jazz singer/songwriters? Well, judging by the packed house at Feinstein’s Sunday night, 9/15/19, Claudia Koval sure thinks so. Performing songs from her recent release (“Songs From the Raggedy Road”) as well as her first album, Ms. Koval showed that there is room for vocalists beyond The Great American Songbook and rehashed Baby Boomer themes. Koval herself showed she can deliver the goods on familiar material, but her strength was her own works, which was perfectly suited to her expressively sensitive voice. Her noir torch “Well Ran Dry” with Hunter’s muted horn evoked sonic images of late period Billie Holiday, and Claudia let her heart on her sleeve get full exposure on her own “Where Are You.” A spartan duet with Amarilio on acoustic guitar painted a delicate portrait on “Sheri Lynn” while she showed a brighter side of life with her co-composition with Mark Winkler with an LA breeze of “Groovin’ In NoHo.” Most embracing of all was a gorgeously melancholy duet with Bill Cantos as the two took turns yearning on the warmly agonizing “I Feel You” which couldn’t have been more viscerally touching if it were delivered by Romeo and Juliet. Closing on an upbeat mood, she showed a different color of her vocal prism as she sang a wordless vocal in accompaniment to a joyful and life embracing “Ode To Big Sur” that created moods that made you feel like you were warming your toes at Nepenthe. Her closing lullaby and prayer for hope on “Dream Flying” was a fitting cherry on top of the rich flavors of emotions that Ms. Koval embraced and shared. Poignant observations of acquaintances and relationships are rarely able to be credible in song form, but on Sunday night, Ms. Koval created a room of believers.-George Harris, Jazz Weekly

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Reviews

“What a wonderful CD!  All of it is lovely and such an expression of your life and artistry.  The sound is great you sound wonderful”

Mark Winkler, platinum award winning recording artist/songwriter

 

“Claudia Koval’s second CD, “Songs From the Raggedy Road”, not only features her lovely voice but her composing.  She wrote or co-wrote

8 of the 11 songs, and arranged all but one selection.  The program includes jazz pieces, ballads, a bossa-nova and melodic originals that

are beyond simple classification”

Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

 

“Claudia Koval has a smooth, creamy voice that lends itself well to singing standards - with delicate delivery featuring gentle jazz licks,

Precise enunciation and a slight quaver in her voice that adds to the emotional arc of each song”

Elliot Zwiebach, Cabaret Scenes magazine

 

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