Meet Australian Musician Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie releases soon to be hit jazz album We Could Be Lovers.

It’s not often a jazz album we really love comes around, but Sarah McKenzie has brought her fresh and groovy sound straight from the Berklee College of Music to us in her third album release, We Could Be Lovers.

McKenzie is an ARIA Award-winning artist (2012) and has been touted as the next Diana Krall and it is easy to see why.

This is a refreshing jazz album with a mix of McKenzie’s own work and some re-works on standards by Cole Porter, Gershwin and Henry Mancini. That’s It, I Quit is a McKenzie original and has just the right mix of vocal and instrumentals with a cool groove.

The double bass introduction is fantastic with the rest of the piece being a Capriccio of sorts, which is layered by vocal, piano and strings.

Another McKenzie original, title track We Could Be Lovers is the kind of song you want to grab your boo and slow dance too. McKenzie’s sultry vocals and minimal accompaniment is a perfect blend.

Putting her own spin on the Cole Porter classic “At Long Last Love,” made famous by Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra,it’s every bit as good. Standout track on this album is the haunting rendition of the Mancini classic “Moon River”. It’s here that you can really hear the talented musician at work; her voice is warm and inviting and the pared back accompaniment of the guitar is just the right mix to breathe new life into such a classic piece.

Produced by the Grammy Award-winner Bruce Bacchus and accompanied by a variety of international musicians, Hugh Stuckey (guitar), Warren Wolf (vibraphone) and Marco Valeri (drums and percussion), McKenzie and company has delivered a strong jazz album fit for any enthusiast’s collection.