CROWDED HEART hit #1 on both Amazon and iTunes the week it was released. It charted at #7 on Billboard Magazine’s Traditional Jazz Album chart and #13 on the Jazz Albums chart
On CROWDED HEART, vocalist JUDY WEXLER presents “jazz standards for the 21st century,” an anthology of ten timeless modern jazz compositions by contemporary songwriters, including Gregory Porter, Luciana Souza, Fred Hersch, Rene Marie, Alan Broadbent, Larry Goldings, Alan Pasqua, Kurt Elling and more. Arranged by piano great ALAN PASQUA and featuring a band that comprises some of the finest, first-call musicians in Southern California, these tunes are the perfect vehicle for Wexler’s warm, soulful voice and highly personal interpretations.
When Wexler first conceived of this project, she reached out to jazz historian Ted Gioia, author of The Jazz Standards, for advice. He told her that jazz stays alive and becomes more than a history lesson or museum piece when a modern composition is embraced and recorded by many vocalists. Wexler is doing her part to keep the music fresh and interesting by presenting on CROWDED HEART songs that she feels will withstand the test of time.
This is Wexler’s fifth CD since her 2005 release of Easy on the Heart. Each of her CDs, which also includes Dreams & Shadows (2008), Under a Painted Sky (2011), and What I See (2013), have all received stellar reviews and topped the national Jazzweek radio charts.