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Natalia Zukerman


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Jazzy alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Gypsies & Clowns: Natalia Zukerman and Friends Live at SPACE (live, 2012); most recent studio release, Gas Station Roses (2011)

See also:

Natalia Zukerman's website

CD Baby's Natalia Zukerman site

Comparisons:

Rickie Lee Jones, Ani Difranco, Lisa Cerbone

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

She has a kind of Rickie Lee Jones voice with a slightly deep little girl-ish tone to it, if that makes sense. If it doesn't, that's still how I'd describe it. A kind of Lisa Cerbone-ish sound. Her songwriting is definitely above-average, and remind me a little of Lisa Cerbone again in their storytelling qualities. There's nice guitarwork throughout, which gives the tunes a lovely syncopated sound. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Recommended first album:

Either

Recordings:

  • Mortal Child (2001)
  • On A Clear Day (2003)
  • Only One (2006)
  • Brand New Frame (2008)
  • Gas Station Roses (2011)
  • Gypsies & Clowns: Natalia Zukerman and Friends Live at SPACE (live, 2012)

Mortal Child

Release info:

2001—Talisman Records—TR002

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Natalia Zukerman—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Ed Ivey—bass
Paulo Baldi—drums, percussion
Andrew Freeman—guitar
Erika Luckett—guitar, background vocals
Cookie Marenco—accordion
Eugenia Zukerman—flute

Produced by:

Natalia Zukerman and Cookie Marenco

Comments:

A strong collection of lovely songs, ranging from the syncopated to the jazzy. The lyrics are intriguing, and made me wish the vocals had been just a little higher in the mix sometimes so that I didn't always have to read the booklet to catch what she's singing. I suspect they might have been afraid to because of that baby-ish tone to her voice, but she uses it well, so it should be more audible. There are moments where she sounds very Rickie Lee Jones-like and others where she sounds Ani Difranco-like, but mostly her sound is her own amalgamation using elements of both those artist's styles. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

On A Clear Day

Release info:

2003—Talisman Records—TR0003

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Natalia Zukerman—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Nadine Goellner—backing vocals, guitar
Noah Hoffeld—cello
Joason Kriveloff—acoustic bass, electric bass
Jason Mercer—banjo
Allison Miller—drums, percussion
Junior Pacheco—trumpet, flugelhorn
Kym Tuvim—backing vocals
Julie Wolf—accordion, wurlitzer
Eugenia Zukerman—flute

Produced by:

Natalia Zukerman and SF Norton

Comments:

Sweet, simple but not simplistic songs. I like the homespun feel of this album. She has a wonderful voice and a real skill as a guitarist, without being flashy and attention-seeking like others can be. I definitely see the Lisa Cerbone comparison, this is just as good and special as Cerbone usually is. I think a lot of people could like this if they got to hear it. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Sophia Gurley and Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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