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Kayle Brecher

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Kayle Brecher

Unique jazz vocalist, composer, and arranger, Kaylé Brecher (Kay-La BrecKer) is a singer who is at once completely distinctive and an amalgamation of her great musical influences. Showcase Magazine once described her sound as “a supple voice that suggests the pairing of Sheila Jordan and Sarah Vaughan.” One could accurately add Morgana King and Ella Fitzgerald to that description. Hers is a versatile and flexible instrument, which can move from silky, smooth and subtle to bold and bluesy; refined to brash and raw. Kaylé's instrumental and compositional approach to singing leads to explorations of the mood, texture and style in each individual tune, which results in exciting variety. ...
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”(Kaylé Brecher's) scat improvisations are evocative of Sheila Jordan and, to a degree, Janet Lawson. She manipulates syllables for rhythmic impetus, although she doesn’t include the exaggerated enunciation that was the trademark of Lawson or, more recently, Fay Victor. Still, her textual messaging, at least on Spirals and Lines, is every bit as evident as Victor’s socio-political writing.” ~Ratzo Harris, jazz artist, composer, jazz journallist for NewMusicBox (review August 24, 2012)

”Spirals and Lines is a consistently colorful and intriguing set by the very talented singer-arranger-composer Kayle Brecher. Exploring the sound of brass with voice in the unique ensembles, Ms. Brecher displays a highly expressive voice with a wide range, a deep understanding of the lyrics and a joyful scatting style. This is a CD that certainly rewards repeated listening.” ~Scott Yanow, jazz critic/contributor to major jazz magazines and jazz author/historian

”I just experienced a very, very good and interesting CD called Spirals and Lines by vocalist Kaylé Brecher. She performs with a brass group for which she did all the arrangements. The CD consists of originals, a couple of rarely-performed “standards” and many surprises. Check it out!” ~Jack Walrath, jazz musician and composer

“Kaylé has found her core on this recording (Spirals and Lines). Not the instrumentation (which is truly fantastic) - not the quality of recording (which is ultimately impeccable) - not the vocals and the lyrics (which are in a class of their own) but in the furtherance and strength of the core and heart of our art.” ~-Kelly Roberti, jazz artist, composer

Kaylé Brecher's singing has a contemporary soul that satisfies the music connoisseur. Her arrangements and compositions are loaded with passion and clarity. ~Dave Burrell, jazz pianist and composer

The remarkable Kaylé Brecher ranks among Philadelphia’s finest jazz singers; nay, among the best the East has to offer. Over the past decade she has distinguished herself as a fearless interpreter of song, a subtle stylist with an instrumentalist’s creativity. ~Todd Jenkins, AllAboutJazz.com

Kaylé Brecher is a marvelous singer with a distinctive approach and unique gift for composition. ~Mark Gridley, author of Jazz Styles, Prentice-Hall, Inc.

“Kaylé Brecher's singing has a contemporary soul that satisfies the music connoisseur. Her arrangements and compositions are loaded with passion and clarity.” ~Dave Burrell, jazz pianist and composer

“she sees her vocals in a complete context - sees them better than almost all vocalists, past and present” - Harvey Pekar, freelance writer and contributor to Jazz Times, Jazziz and Downbeat

“Kaylé Brecher's songs possess universal appeal. They are both a reflection of the times and the way she feels about them. Her talent as both a singer and a songwriter comes through in a unique voice.. ~Freddie Hubbard, jazz artist and composer

Choices (1993) The Pride Inside (1996) Urban Objects (2000) Spy Music (2005) Spirals and Lines (2012)

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Primary Instrument:
Vocalist

Location:
Philadelphia, PA

Credentials/Background:
Conservatory of Musical Arts, Audubon, NJ 215-850-4162 accepting intermediate through advanced, beginners by audition only

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Featured recording “Spirals And Lines”

Spirals And Lines
Penchant Four Records (2013)
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