The directness of Latz’s delivery is a matter of wised-up, mature consolation, the honesty of shared confidence.
Latz is the real deal and you ought to discover her.
Latz sings closely to the listener and gives the words weight.
Latz, singing at her peak...
Latz displays the expressive depth and masterful interpretive skills that mark her as one of the most gifted singers of her generation.
Latz is emboldening her signature and making a splash, again!
Deborah’s voice is enchanting! “sur l’instant” is my ‘go to’ album, I LOVE it!
...our singer is in very good voice, showing a subtle sense of swing with just the right amount of scat...
Deborah has a clear voice and perfect pitch and when combined with her sensitivity and interpretive skills makes her a major-league Jazz vocal star!
Deborah is a beautiful singer and a great talent. Fig Tree is wonderful. Really wonderful!
Deborah’s vocal control and flexibility is not just on display for itself. Her voice is her instrument. Deborah is not just a singer. She is a true performer. Spend an hour or two at a performance or listening to her albums and be taken away. 5 STARS
...Latz demonstrates an outstanding range of technique and creative musicality that places her at the forefront of jazz today.
...Latz takes it over the top giving hipsters a few lessons on what is really hip...
As lucid as it is breathtaking, it is music of the sort that happens when the best companions get together.
Singing slow is one of the most challenging things for a singer to do. Latz is in there with the best of them: Horn and Rebecca Parris.
Latz is right there among the higher echelon of jazz singers. She means it and you can hear it.
She is accomplished in the fullest meaning of the word: highly trained, skillful, finished, complete, polished, refined, realized. Deborah Latz has something to say and she has the talent and the ability to say it.
Latz makes me believe in the art of the female vocalist again. A superior performance!
...indulge yourself with this fresh jazz voice. ...Ms. Latz is spot on.
Deborah Latz has one of those voices you could listen to for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. “Fig Tree” is her latest gift to the jazz world.
The song list sounds ordinary but the delivery is exquisite!
She is my favorite new singer!
I haven’t heard this singer before, but I was impressed by this, her [Latz’] third album. She has a distinctive voice, tremendous control and a wide range of dynamics..
From the opening track, Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies,” Deborah Latz makes clear that even the most familiar tunes are fair game for radical reinterpretation.
Of the 14 tracks, it was the album lead, “Fig Tree”, that won my vote for favorite… superb jazz with class, to be sure!
This stripped down arrangement [“Embraceable You”] highlights Latz’s heartfelt interpretation of the lyric, as well as the purity of her tone and fine vocal control.
Deborah’s vocal sound is light, delicate, yet her interpretation of lyrics is profound.
...her rendition of “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” I was noticing something else: the bell-like clarity of her voice and her impeccably reliable intonation.
Latz’s “Fig Tree” is a straight-ahead, no-fooling jazz album...
Pleasing vibe…smiling, easy “Waltz for Debby”…”I Didn’t Know” hits glory strides à lá Carla White. Latz’s fine feel for French lends some tunes an Edith Piaf-like quick vibrato and brittle grace…
Ms. Latz has such flawless control of her fluid soprano that she is able to weave melodic variations on songs such as “Get Along,” “Sounds,” and-yes!-even “Favorite Things,” and do so with such incredibly natural ease...
When it comes to singing at very slow tempos, few are in Deborah Latz’s league... She knows just how to take her time... Lifeline is a gem well worth hearing several times.
...Latz’s poignant vocals pull everything together. She draws out the melodies, making each note count ... one of the finest balladeers...
Deborah Latz is a bold singer with a strong sense of her own musical identity. So sure-footed is she that it’s hard to imagine her needing a lifeline - she’s more the type to throw one to the sinking.
Deborah, just where have you been all my life?” “...I just can’t take it [Lifeline] off my player.
This is jazz with a feminine touch...Deborah Latz leads this band of outstanding musicians to realize her unique artistic view. The highlights are many...in a CD [Lifeline] coherent from beginning to end. 4 STARS
After hearing the opening cut, which features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, I wondered how she could top it. But she did. Deborah’s singing of “My Favorite Things” is in the same class as John Coltrane’s instrumental version of the same composition. I hadn’t heard this lady until I played ‘Lifeline,’ but I’m now an ardent fan.
[on] the swinging Witchcraft...Latz belts out the lyrics in a fashion that The Chairman of the Board would be proud of.
Deborah Latz covers a startling range of moods and emotions…[the three songs done in French] are instantly romantic aphrodisiacs. Pleasure upon multiple pleasure!
Deborah Latz... is a seasoned veteran when it comes to creative expression and musical performance...There is an undeniably unique quality to Latz’ approach to jazz standards...
Deborah Latz offers a musical album of experiences and images that take the listener on a journey – haunting, spare, rambunctious, heartfelt… and deeply felt.
Lifeline’ is destined to be one of those eternal gemstones in jazz music’s archives...
Latz knows how to deliver the songs with a different slant... jazz vocal fans have a new star to celebrate.
…Latz is the real thing. She swings, phrases well and any liberties taken are done with respect for the lyrics.
She is one of those relatively few singers who expresses the emotion of the lyric with style and sensitivity.
...jazz is clearly her first tongue... she wraps you in the deep, rich tones that come lilting from her so easily...it was her original, “Jump In” that turned out to be my favorite cut... It is just vibrant, full of life and lyrically about as jazzy as I’ve heard in the last 5 years from a female jazz singer.
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...a sensibility that incites a lyric with her innate dramatic instincts... Strikes just the right note of coy mischievousness...
Her voice rings with a fetching richness…. A marvelous vocal effort, beginning to end. I’m bewitched.
Toward Love is a fabulous album. I love it!
Deborah [Latz] has one of the BEST new voices I’ve heard in a LONG time. Her phrasing and unique style is simply... elegant and versatile and spunky!
A sure-footed singer possessing a mature sound and an attractive, lived-in voice…
…Miss Latz is a passionate songstress... a delicate and intelligent style... Enough said, we have found a jazz vocalist of the highest quality...
Folks who remember Deborah Latz’s wonderful one-woman show ‘Travels with Ma Own Self’ won’t be surprised by her evolution into a jazz singer. Better than that, her crisp, soulful voice has finally been captured on CD with ‘Toward Love’ ...
She [Deborah Latz] will be able to arouse that special feeling in the listener that he is hearing something familiar, yet at the same time, something entirely new and unknown.