I've been a fan of Natalia Zukerman's work for years and have enjoyed listening to her studio albums cascade the gulf between contemporary singer-songwriter folk music and her seemingly innate jazz sensibilities. She's got a voice which can handle either, and a really creative approach to folk guitar playing which indicates her instincts for jazz. But the songwriting is all narrative, richly nuanced story-songs. Now, she's teamed up with some of her best musician friends - Trina Hamlin, Garrison Starr, Erin McKeown (who has her own wonderful new album out, which I'll be reviewing soon), Willy Porter, and others - to make a 2-disc live album which breathes some new life into songs from across her career.
Check out my full review of Gypsies & Clowns - Natalia Zukerman and Friends Live at SPACE to learn more. Whether you've been admiring her songwriting for years like me, or this is the first time you've ever seen her name, this disc is a wonderful representation of her music in its natural habitat.
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