You’re crowding my heart…with lovely, strong, breath-tightening, intoxicating emotions as I listen to the disc… boy, is this good. And needed: you’ve done an extra service by putting together such a rich repertoire of modern music that will be brand-new to so many folks. So thanks for that as well.
– Neil Tesser, Grammy Award & Recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz Journalism
“Crowded Heart” shows Judy Wexler at her finest. Never one to overwhelm her songs with vocal trickery, Ms. Wexler caresses melodies, reaches for the emotional heart of each song, and, with the aid of Alan Pasqua, gives listeners an experience that resonates beyond the recording, settling in one’s own crowded heart.
Judy Wexler has a terrific voice and she’s done something fairly groundbreaking on her new album: She has selected 10 terrific little-known ballads by contemporary artists, and she clearly was governed by love…Judy’s passion for these songs is evident. She combines an emotional seriousness with a breezy feel and tremendous breath control. These songs are not easy to sing. And with Pasqua’s arrangements and exquisite instrumental backing, the album pays homage to those who are writing smart jazz songs today… Judy’s song choices are especially commendable. Many are melodically complex, but Judy aces them, taking her voice wherever it has to go to satisfy the music and win you over… Brava, Judy!