KEEP IT TO YOURSELF
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"You can keep all those pop divas. The only one for me is Laura Ainsworth... Ainsworth has beauty, brains, sophistication and comic timing that make her a total performance package... A wonderful modern interpreter of the Great American Songbook as well as thoroughly modern styles."
- Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside.. CLICK HERE to read the entire rave review!
“Blends the pop and jazz worlds in a fresh and unique way.” – Matthew Warnock, ReviewYou.com
“Gifted with a sultry, swoon-inducing croon, Ainsworth can sing any words and command attention… The whole album is among the year's most consistently engaging jazz releases, performed with class and heartfelt passion.” – AllAboutJazz.com
"Ainsworth’s voice is sublime as it caresses top-notch musicianship by a slew of southwest jazz players...It’s a very warm, elegant album with just enough big stage flair." - Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"A unique gem...The title track opens and immediately transports us to a posh dinner and dancing club with fancy-dressed women and men with cigars. Ainsworth and band play gorgeously together, creating a charming, classic sound that would fit in any ’50s film with that club scene. I expected Rosemary Clooney or Bing Crosby to appear somewhere. Props to producer Brian Piper and mixer Kent Stump for tying up package that gives due respect to Ainsworth’s voice while never faltering on the instruments... The horns are crisp and each drumbeat or guitar pluck is as obvious as it is subtle.
But Ainsworth is clearly the star. What she does with Johnny Mercer’s 'Skylark' and Cole Porter’s 'Love for Sale' is magic..." - Rich Lopez, Dallas Voice
“A spectacular CD...Takes the ambiance of the '40's and '50's supper clubs/bands and elegantly mingles that feel with modern day flair”...An “elegant and classy voice with a sophisticated style. Her rendition of…’Dream A Little Dream of Me’ is truly superb... Ainsworth’s voice carries with a smooth and silky tonality. If you are a fan of Diana Krall or Ella Fitzgerald, then you will truly appreciate (this) outstanding CD." – RadioIndy.com
"Jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth weaves past and present with stunning power...
Her voice is like (a) mirror reflection into the past, conjuring black-and-white images of well-groomed gentlemen in trench coats and fedoras, smoke-enveloped bars, and glamorous women whose beauty is nearly as bright as their jewelry...Laura Ainsworth has that effect on the listener, an uncanny ability to flash portraits in the mind with a simple line... It might not be long before Dallas is not just known for its oil, Cowboys, and J.R. Ewing but a funny lady with a jewel of a voice..." - Robert Sutton, JazzCorner.com
"Singing in a satiny, impossibly old-fashioned, nearly three-octave voice, Ainsworth is the very portrait of West Coast cool… She sings the heck out of these songs… Ainsworth goes on to pull off perhaps the biggest surprise of all on Keep It To Yourself, an update that emerges as the transcendent moment every singer hopes for when they dig out one of those dusty, decades-old favorites. It arrives in the form of 'Skylark,' a been-there, done-that warhorse from Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. Working in much the same way as her musical heroes once did, Ainsworth recorded the tune live in a single take. Perhaps just as importantly, though, she did so in a fresh new format – alongside jazz guitarist Chris Derose…
The results are devastatingly beautiful, nakedly honest, and a powerful argument for the ageless compositions that Ainsworth so clearly treasures...” - Nick DeRiso, SomethingElseReviews.com
"That song ('Keep It To Yourself') is hilarious!...Played (it) in connection with a cheating husband story. Great response from listeners!" - Terry Meiners, WHAS, Louisville, "50,000 watts covering Kentucky, Indiana, parts of Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan, too!"
"An airworthy addition to any station. Her beautiful voice makes the (title) song funny, timely and very clever. It makes a point so sharp it draws blood. Play it and please your listeners." - Gary Cummings, General Manager, Inland Northwest Broadcasting, KRPL~KZFN~KZZL~KMAX~KRAO~KCLX
“In true Laura Ainsworth vocal style, her new CD, Keep It To Yourself, is a wonderful romp through an entertaining selection of songs, each with a unique twist and outlook on life… Her personality shines through each song as if she was performing one of her live shows!” - Carolyn Lee Jones, Jazz Vocalist, www.carolynleejones.com