Best Vocal CDs of 2004” - The Right Time - All About Jazz New York Annual Top 5 Critics' Poll
An expressive voice, at times warm and throaty, at times pure and delicate, that brings intimacy and a touching vulnerability! - Roy Sander, formerly of Back Stage
Melody has done an astounding transfer of vocal sound over to the world of Jazz...Pick up Melody's lovely CD, it's kinda sexy too! - Mark Murphy
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MELODY BREYER-GRELL's Blujazz label debut CD, The Right Time Sweet Rhythm tells a story. While vocalizing in a traditional melodic style, her clever arrangements and simple improvisations add freshness to some familiar and lesser-known jazz and Great American Songbook standards. Each piece is specifically selected and ordered to create a mood and a sense of direction.
Following the realease of this debut CD, Melody has performed this past year at, Sweet Rhythm, Iridium, Trumpets, Traid amoung other venues.
Melody's theatrical background is responsible for her bent towards telling stories. Born in New York City and raised in Long Beach, Long Island, she was deemed a natural singer and was already at the Manhattan School of Music at 12 years old. Theater songs and classical music were her first introductions to music, but she eventually found true compatibility with The Great American Songbook, (voraciously listening to the late great WNEW and QEW. While at conservatory she already showed a propensity for backphrasing and singing over the bar lines in general. When she started to seriously listen to jazz, she realized she found a vehicle for her natural style of phrasing and interpretation.