Clare Ascani has recently released album “Until…” and it is a fine tribute to Pittsburgh area musicians. It includes support from some of the best area jazz players: pianist-arranger-producer, Daniel May, bassist Paul Thompson, drummer, Dave Throckmorton, guitarist, Eric Susoeff, and singer, Carolyn Perteete. While 11 of her efforts create strong support for Ascani’s voice….the venture is one of Ascani presenting a collection of 14 songs from well-known numbers such as “Throw It Away” and “Comes Love” to a virtually unknown “Lullaby”. Her presentation of the songs is so well done, and in such a groove, that she shows off what this area has lost in her departure.”
— Bob Karlovitz, Reporter and Music Critic, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 2013
(Personal Note) Clare, I absolutely love “Throw It Away”! In addition to playing it on JazzWorks last night I’ve added it to the JazzWorks library for airing there for other associate stations to use. JazzWorks is a 24/7 jazz programming service that we provide to stations across the country. It’s a wonderful CD and you should be very proud of it!”
— Bob Studebaker, 90.5 WESA Production Director; Host & Operations Manager for JazzWorks
I am re-listening to your CD as I type this. Thank you for including such an outstanding rendition of “Don’t Look Back”. Sue Rayney also did the tune in 3/4 when she recorded it. Irene Kral cut the original recording. There are maybe five other interpretations. You are in good company. You’ve a lot of good stuff going on here. Your voice, the arrangements, the players, the engineering, your selections, and the packaging! Nice going! I think track 13 and 14 are really deep/special, and surely speak to a lot of folks in terms of their life experience at some point. I love listening to you sing. Keep on swingin’. It is very clear where you coming from.
— K. Lawrence Dunham (aka Kaye Dunham), lyricist for “Don’t Look Back”
Clare Ascani’s new CD is a lovely way to spend some time. Her taste in material and treatment is elegant and her voice communicates soul. It’s also great to hear someone covering a tune by Abbey Lincoln – ‘Throw it Away” – as well as the tender ‘Lullaby’ by Jeremy Lubbock. ‘I’d Rather Be By Myself Tonight’ by Daniel May and Lou Tracey is a swinging bite of tartness. Clare is a welcome addition to the jazz library at WNJR.
— Patrick Arena, WNJR, BIGDADDYJAZZ, Washington, PA
I am blown away that Clare has included me, and the vocal work we did together, in her liner notes! But I’m also blown away by the great artistry of the CD! Everything is as close to perfect as one can get! The arrangements, the musicians, the art work, Clare’s autobiographical note, and her lovely, sultry voice all add up to pure joy and entertainment!!! To think I might have had anything to do with this only makes me blush! I wish Clare all the success that she certainly deserves after a life-time of creating joy and inspiration, and working her ass off!! Thank you, thank you!
— Norma Garbo, New York City, NY
Clare Ascani centers her jazz on accessible, mainstream material, but performs it with an intensity that keeps it lively.
Bob Karlovitz, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 2013
Your CD is absolutely beautiful. I can’t stop playing it! It makes me cry. It’s so beautiful. Your phrasing is unbelieveable in every song – especially “Lullaby”! Your voice is so rich and expressive – so many colors in it – like your autumn photograph on the back. I LOVE all of the songs. ‘Until…’ Whoa, what a beautiful song! When the cello comes in, it sounded like a bass clarinet, all smooth and low – just gorgeous. On ‘When I Look In Your Eyes’ your voice has a such fluidity to it….it’s like air…moving and flowing. Every song has something incredibly special that you bring to it. “Baby Come Home” is great! Very Ray Charles-y. I love it. “Because I Told You So” could be the theme song for a movie because it tells such a story. That’s one of my favs. On “Beautiful Things” it made me happy and teary! “I’d Rather Be By Myself Tonight” is also terrific – it’s all SO YOU! And on “Company”, it made me cry because you voice and your phrasing evoked a saxophone quality -absolutely amazing. It’s hard for me to describe or explain this, but it’s all just beautiful!”
— E. Rainforth, Mezzo-Soprano, BFA in Vocal Performance from Fredonia State University, currently sings with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus
What an AMAZING CD. The jewel case is so beautiful and the music inside is even more beautiful. Talk about BEAUTIFUL THINGS!!! I have the CD in my car and it makes me smile the entire time I listen to it! I know this project is the culmination of a lifetime dream and it is just exceptional. Love the cello and the bass and the piano. Such a full rich smooth sound. I especially enjoyed the arrangements and the playlist which features different instruments with each new song. Good job on that. Gosh Clare, you are so GOOD! I definitely want to order several of these for Christmas gifts.
— L. Lehman, Dayton, OH
I just discovered this gem! A tremendous talent that is a must listen! Her singing is effortless! Clare has a voice that, after you listen, stays with you the whole day! A must have for your listening collection! Five stars! Can’t wait to hear more from her!
— B. Lower, Terre Haute, Indiana
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. I love what Clare has done with her gift. She has created a pure and authentic sound and approach that permeates an encompassing range of music.
— R. Fronzaglio, President, APR Associates, LLC
WOW! I just listened to all of the songs! Clare sounds wonderful! The quality of her voice sounds a little like a famous singer I like – Anne Murray. Very impressive!
— S. Goldsmith, Bellevue, PA
I love this CD! It arrived yesterday and I am listening to it right now! Quite a professional job. I was also touched by the liner notes. Nice job!
— G. Shearer, Wisconsin
We are in love with Clare’s voice, her singing style and song choices. Our friends from New York also fell in love with Clare and I gave them the second CD that I’d purchased. We’re looking forward to playing it over and over. It ‘s become a favorite for cocktail hour when we can sit and enjoy the music as we wind down from our day.
— A. Lynch, Durham, NC