"Few sorties have been as stylish as this ... shimmers in the dark."
CLIVE DAVIS, SUNDAY TIMES
"The energy on the album is absolutely vibrant."
BBC RADIO 3 JAZZ LINE-UP
"A beyond-beautiful collection
"An astute and expressive jazz singer."
NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS PICK
"Daring, beautiful jazz."
ALLABOUTJAZZ (BILL LEIKAM, LIVE REVIEW)
"Beyond jazz, beyond pop, beyond classical ...
POP CULTURE CLASSICS
"The beauty lies in the synergy
of melodies, lyrics, and Souter's consummate
musicality, carried by her clarion, gently
"One of the finest and most fearless jazz
vocalists to have emerged in recent years."
"Souter spent months assembling these tracks
and her diligence paid off
... Stunningly original."
"One of the most innovative vocal talents on
the scene today.
Five easy stars."
so well that if you did not know ... you
just might mistake these songs for jazz standards."
ROCHESTER CITY PAPER
"... surprising, emotional, beautiful, thought-
provoking, simply amazing."
WOMAN ABOUT TOWN-DC
"Beyond the Blue ... amounts to that long anticipated breakthrough."
MARLBANK (STEPHEN GRAHAM)
"A singer of rare poise and intelligence."
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"Startlingly fresh and
poetic lyrics ..."
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER
"A singer of lesser skills could not.
have dreamed of making this work."
JAZZ SOCIETY OF OREGON
TIME OUT NEW YORK
"All classical elegance and grace."
(C. MICHAEL BAILEY)
"A singer blessed with a voice to believe in."
MARLBANK (STEPHEN GRAHAM)
"Like all the best jazz vocalists, Souter
gives her sidemen the respect and
space they deserve."
(VICTOR L. SCHERMER)
"Her instrument is one that makes lyrics come
alive, filled with but not overcome by emotion,
real not forced."
"The words are really fresh. It adds an enormous amount to the beautiful melodies.
It brings them alive on another level."
JILL PASTERNAK, WRTI-FM RADIO
"With each album she shows increasing interest in
finding new approaches, making familiar music
seem fresh and new."
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
"Shimmers ... Souter demonstrates versatility and
depth of feeling in this fresh exploration
of classical themes."
NEW YORK JAZZ RECORD
"Charts a journey of great emotional distances,
all the while drawing a circle private
enough to conceal in a teardrop."
"Tessa's 'Baubles, Bangles and Beads' is one of
the finest versions of this song ever recorded."
"Most jazz singers confine themselves to a pitifully
tiny batch of the same old standards. Souter has
always possessed a more adventurous bent."
PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
"A truly standout talent ... haunting and evocative lyrics."
"Seeing her perform songs from the new album was truly magical ... This is one talent not to be missed."
WOMANAROUNDTOWN - DC
"One of the modern jazz scene's most dazzling and imaginative songbirds."
SANTA CRUZ WEEKLY
"A complete musician ...
remarkable and very moving."
"A natural born singer. A beautiful
voice and a beautiful soul."
"Magnificent! She blew me away."
"A truly beautiful voice [used] to unearth and get to the core of great songs"
"An important musician."
"A unique voice in jazz."
JOE LA BARBERA