June Garber – This I Know (2016)

June Garber - This I Know (2016)
Artist: June Garber
Album: This I Know
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: South Africa / Canada
Released: 2016
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

01. Underneath the Jacaranda Tree
02. Live for Life
03. Hit Me with a Hot Note
04. Malaika
05. I’m Gonna Live Till I Die
06. It Was a Very Good Year
07. Baltimore Oriole
08. Don’t Cry out Loud
09. Rumour Has It / Fever
10. The Man That Got Away
11. Meadowlands
12. Unbroken


June Garber, a vibrant jazz vocalist from Toronto, has released her third album This I Know. She’s gathered energy from the experiences of her life so far, and infused 12 songs with it.

Garber has always been known for her warm, effusive vocal style but now her voice has another layer of burnishing that adds even greather depth. This is how jazz is sung.

“Under the Jacaranda Tree” is a lilting, tribute to her native South Africa and our introduction to Garber. We are carried on the ebb and flow of her voice as she dilivers a smoldering “Hit Me with a Hot Note”, and puts her wistful spin on “It was a Very Good Year”, a song that is considered a Sinatra standard. She has her own kind of mash up by combining an Adele tune, “Rumour Has It with Fever”. The transition is seamless. “The Man that Got Away” begs to be listened to in the blue hours with a glass of something amber coloured. Garber ends the album with a sweet and vulnerable “Unbroken”. The song carries a chasm of grief created by the loss of her husband, yet at the same time you get the feeling of hopefulness that it will be filled with great love and love of life. I can’t listen to it without a tear in the corner of my eye and a bit of an ache in my heart.

The musicians on the album are stellar in the way they support the songs and step forward with their own musical conversations. From lingering washes of snares and cymbals by drummer Ben Wittman, to gentle and intuitive piano work by Mark Kieswetter, and the smooth, mood making energy of John MacMurchy on saxophone. The bass is full and expressive in the hands of George Koller, and listening to Guido Basso’s trumpet with June Garber is like dropping in on a conversation they are having.

I play This I Know in my car, and I play it at home, in the blue hours, with a glass of something amber.
By Shelley Gummeson

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