Among jazz pianists who sing or jazz singers who play, she is at the top of the list
She has created her own lane when it comes to reinterpreting jazz standards, taking the barest elements, the bones of jazz favorites, drawing them into her own world and offering up versions never done before.
Lauren Lee is one of the new breed of singer songwriter. She has all the bonafides of a traditional jazz singer and pianist, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, she gives her own imprimatur to cross-cultural experimentation, off -the-beaten-track forms of vocal expression, never straying far from the post-bop mothership.
Lee- in her voice and at the keyboard- is, in a very balanced way, presenting a unique approach, but one grounded enough to support the contrasting moods and musics, which really is what makes 'Windowsill' so engrossing
What is most exciting about the record, I think, is how Lee uses the voice..... the whole thing is comfortable and delicious (translated from Dutch)
Lauren Lee is a talented pianist and composer, and a singer with a flexibility and sense of adventure in her voice which give her music a light, optimistic feel, although repeated listening reveals it has surprising depth and complexity. She brings elements of art song into the realm of pop-jazz as if she were Meredith Monk invading a Steely Dan recording session
New York-based vocalist and prodigious envelope-pusher, Lauren Lee has a thing for windows… her last album was entitled Windowsill and this latest single references our transparent, glazed friends once again. With tracks like Fine and Good, what is clearest to see is that her future is extremely bright