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Jazz vocalist Alysa Haas releases beautifully timeless album of covers
(Published: April 03, 2014)

Past and present collide on jazz vocalist Alysa Haas' new album Spasm, but the overall result is beautifully timeless.

Combining Broadway standards and classics from the Great American Songbook with contemporary pop music, Haas courageously steps beyond the predictable and safe; her eclectic taste in covers reveals her stylistic and emotional range, baring no weaknesses as she gracefully transitions from one genre to another.

Ironically, for all of its vintage flavors, Haas' shiniest jewel is a modern one. Simply put, her rendition of Rob Thomas' "Ever the Same" is hauntingly pretty. The CHR studio gloss of the original is melted off, allowing the fragile beauty of Haas' voice to capture the emotional ache of the lyrics. Haas' yearning, soaring vocals unveil the real feelings in the lyrics as the acoustic arrangement complements and not overwhelms her. Haas' cover of the Beatles' "In My Life" is similarly moving. The dulcet tones of the piano playing are the perfect backdrop for Haas' sweetly tuneful performance.

Haas interprets the jazz classics on the album with the same kind of respect and independent vision. These are not paint-by-numbers remakes. Haas fuels each of the tracks with her own vibrant personality. "Slap That Bass/Hit Me With a Hot Note" is brimming with giddy sensuality, and Haas is obviously having a ball with the double entendres in the words.

With the arrival of spring, Spasm has come to provide a sparkling soundtrack to the seasonal sunshine.

More Information: http://alysahaas.com

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