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"Her attractive voice and her sensitive interpretation of the lyrics are both in full display... The final eight bars where [Ken Peplowski] interacts with the singer is exquisite..."

-- Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside Magazine

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"Ms. Meissner is definitely in the top tier of today's female jazz singers."

-- Ron Forman, WKRB-FM, NYC

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"Might as well confess! Susie Meissner can really sing! Each listener will have more than one favorite... here they are vocal and instrumental triumphs."

-- Bob Gish, Jazz Inside NY

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Scott Yanow's Review of "Tea for Two"

From the CD Reviews section of Jazz Inside Magazine, May 2015

Susie Meissner has a beautiful voice, can hold long notes without wavering, and always swings, even at the slowest tempos. A subtle improviser, she puts plenty of quiet feeling into her interpretations of vintage lyrics, fully understanding the words that she is singing.

The singer grew up in Buffalo. Her grandmother was a stride pianist and both her playing and her sheet music collection inspired young Susie to become interested in the Great American songbook. She soon became determined to become a jazz/standards singer. Early on, Meissner worked in dinner theater which gave her the opportunity to sing the great songs from the 1930s and '40s. In 2009 she made her recording debut with I'll Remember April. While the latter featured trumpeter Brian Lynch, her follow-up recording I'm Confessin' had trombonist Wycliffe Gordon as an important participant. She has also worked with Joe Magnarelli, Martin Wind and Matt Wilson, becoming a fixture in New York City jazz clubs.

For her third recording, Tea For Two, Susie Meissner utilizes eight musicians who are very conversant with swing and swinging jazz in general. While the four-piece rhythm section is a constant, the horn players appear on various selections, all being featured along the way.

It is apparent from the start of Tea For Two that Susie Meissner picks great songs to sing. None of the tunes on this CD have been overdone in recent years and a few, such as "Moonlight Saving Time" and "Just You, Just Me" had fallen into obscurity despite their quality.

"If I Were A Bell" opens the program with a happy performance. Susie Meissner's highly appealing voice is well featured and there are fine solos from trombonist John Swana and tenor-saxophonist Larry McKenna (a Philadelphia legend).

"Tea For Two" is one of the set's most memorable performances. The singer performs the rarely-heard verse very slow and retains the same tempo during a full chorus. Her attractive voice and her sensitive interpretation of the lyrics are both in full display. Listen to how clarinetist Ken Peplowski sneaks in during the final part of her vocal, taking most of a chorus on which he sounds as cool as Tony Scott did in the 1950s. The final eight bars where he interacts with the singer is exquisite. Not that many vocalists can sing a song at such a slow tempo without any double-timing and hold one's interest.

"Mean To Me," a great swing song associated with Billie Holiday and Lester Young, has excellent solos from Swana and McKenna along with more fine singing. The revival of "Moonlight Saving Time," which was sung by Annette Hanshaw in the 1930s, is quite welcome. After a nice vocal on "Laura," Swana takes a solo on the EVI (electronic valve instrument) that gives an otherworldly feel to the song. "Our Love Is Here To Stay" is swinging with colorful statements for trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and McKenna. "Moonglow" has a cheerful vocal and some tasteful clarinet by Peplowski along with a spot for guitarist Paul Meyers. "Just You, Just Me" is taken as an effective duet by the singer with bassist Lee Smith. Peplowski and McKenna get to trade off and interact during "Everything I Love" while "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" is taken as a heart-breaking ballad, featuring some warm tenor playing by McKenna. Tea For Two concludes with a medium-tempo "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," shares the spotlight on a happy and relaxed "Crazy He Calls Me" with McKenna, some infectious bossa on "Triste" and a somber medley of "Say It Isn't So" and "Always."

Susie Meissner sings beautifully throughout Tea For Two, a must for lovers of the Great American Songbook.

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