Return To You (native language)

Sara Gazarek

Released June 5, 2007

Top 10 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll 2007




Championed by some of music’s most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has emerged as a strikingly original artist with limitless potential. In follow up to Yours, her widely hailed 2005 debut focusing on American Songbook standards, the 25-year-old Gazarek delivers a sensational follow-up on her sophomore album Return to You, seamlessly combining the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz. Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation.

Track Listing:

1. Let’s Try This Again (Sara Gazarek / Josh Nelson) 03:42

2. Northern Lights (Seamus Blake) 04:16

3. Carey (Joni Mitchell) 04:54

4. Junk (Paul McCartney) 03:27

5. Just Let Me Be (Josh Nelson) 03:55

6. Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling 04:31

7. And So It Goes (Billy Joel) 05:12

8. I’ve Got a Great Idea (Harry Connick, Jr.) 03:05

9. Dear Someone (David Rawlings / Gillian Welch) 03:30

10. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) 05:35

11. Makes Me Feel This Way (Josh Nelson) 03:53

12. Without You (Josh Nelson) 04:50

13. Original 4 (Ludvig Girdland) 01:48


Sara Gazarek: vocals

Josh Nelson: piano, Hammond B-3, glockenspiel

Erik Kertes: acoustic bass, guitar, guitarlele

Matt Slocum: drums

Seamus Blake: tenor saxophone, guitar, vocals (track 2)

Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet (track 5)

John Proulx: vocals (track 9)

Supernova String Quintet (tracks 4, 12, 13)

Paul Cartwright: violin

Robert Anderson: violin

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: viola

Jacob Szekely: cello

Recorded and Mixed at Sounden Studios, San Clemente, CA, by Joel Moss and Chris Hobson (track 8)

Produced by John Clayton, Jr.

Executive Producers: Joe Sherbanee and Robbie Robinson


If you haven’t heard of Sara Gazarek yet, it’s high time you did. She’s a very talented young jazz singer with nowhere to go but up. In 2003, Gazarek received the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Vocalist. Since then, she’s recorded three CDs. Her most recent release, Return To You, serves notice that she’ll be around for a long time.

Nick Morrison (npr)