The Jazzcat

Michele Faber at the Westin

by on Sep.20, 2004, under News


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What a nice delightful sound.

Michele Faber has put together a great quartet that includes some musicians

that are well steeped in the music here in Los Angeles and abroad. The band includes

Paul Kreibich on drums, who is one of the most sought after and well loved

drummers here in town, old friend and very talented Greg Eicher on bass as well

as the gracious and super melodic guitarist John Chiodini.


The quartet played songs that

ranged from classics standards like “Skylark”, to Brazilian flavored tunes like

“Feliciadad” to funny covers like Horace Silver’s “Juicy Lucy” and on to a few

of  Michele’s own original compositions.

Just as wonderful as the sound of piano, bass, drums and guitar can get,

Michele is takes us through some very delicious melodies leaving plenty of room

for each of her counterparts to spread their wings and fly. Michele captures an

essence of creativity that still maintains the solid structure of the tune,

while adding very nice touches that speak her voice.


Other combinations of the

band were trio’s each lead by either Michele or John Chiodini, both with a

stunningly sweet melodic flavor, John at times sounding like a Spanish love

song. Speaking of which, Michele just returned from Spain

headlining the International Jazz & Blues Festival in Cadiz. Spreading her joyous sound all over

the world and back, Michele’s phrasing and in the pocket sound is straight down

the middle classic and very entertaining. I took a peek at Merle Kreibich

listening to the music and when our eyes met, she gave me a smile with an

approving “two thumbs up”!


Although Michele did not

verbally say too many words, (she left that up to me), musically, she read like

a top ten novel. Telling stories that made you feel so good that you could not

put down the book!  Well, if you would

like to catch up on some good reading, either see this group live or check out

the latest disc by Michele called “The Mar Vista Sessions”. Weather blusing,

waltzing or on the boundaries of original music, the Michele Faber Quartet

takes you on a wonderful feel good journey that I am sure you will enjoy!


LeRoy Downs

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