**RINGER OF THE WEEK** JazzWeekly

“The last time I was this excited about a male jazz vocalist was when Gregory Porter had his debut album. Here, you’ve got this guy Sidney Jacobs who sings, writes and arranges his own stuff and displays an amazing wide range of use for his voice on this exciting album….There’s no shallowness nor glibness in his delivery, as every lyric is delivered with thought and conviction. I gotta see him!”

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Vocalist Sidney Jacobs brings a contemporary flair to an approach that has a connection to the great vocal improvisers of our time. First Man, his second recorded outing, is an eclectic showcase for his talents as a singer, composer and producer. There’s a compelling freshness to his approach, with a nice mix of original compositions and custom tailored re-workings of classic and modern standards. Joining Jacobs on this effort are Josh Nelson on piano, Michael Jarvey on viola, electric and acoustic pianos, Zephyr Avalon on basses, Efa Etoroma on drums an percussion, Greg Poree on guitars, Josh Johnson on alto sax, Justin Thomas on vibraphone and marimaba, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Wendell Kelly on trombone and Francesco Canas on violin. Cathy Segal-Garcia deliversbacking vocals on the production. Jacobs is a modern singer with a fitting style who definitely should be heard.

                                                      -The JazzPage.com

                                                                  

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“Through First Man, Sidney Jacobs manages to present as a confident musical force while also highlighting the confessional aspects of his artistry and personality. He's got a lot to say and he says it in with grace, strength, compassion, and pride. Getting to know this man and his music is time well spent....Sidney Jacobs' second album… puts this vocalist's fantastically fervent pipes in the proper light. His sound evokes shades of his earliest inspiration—the late Al Jarreau—but he's developed his own voice that's beholden to no single source or influence. Whether joyfully crooning atop his own creations, visiting the music of Richard Rodgers, or dipping into hip-hop or vintage soul, Jacobs manages to put his own firm stamp and personality on this material.”

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“A singer with range and power and an original delivery. You can hear some Bobby McFerrin, some Joe Lee Wilson and a little Bill Withers and Lou Rawls but you wouldn’t mistake him for any of those folks. He is an original voice that encompasses so many parts that upon first listening I kept thinking about those parts and where they came from…. Jacobs suggests respect and deserves it. Originality, range and hipness.”

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“Like Jarreau, Jacobs has a broad concept of the style and covers standards, such as his wonderful version of “My Favorite Things”, Bill Withers’ “Lonely Town Lonely Street”, and James Taylor’s “Secret O’ Life” as well as his own compositions, seven of which are included on this disc. This disc contains some amazing performances and there’s almost something of everyone who likes jazz vocals, especially mixed with polished soul stylings. Anyone who likes the work of Jarreau and Withers will find something to thoroughly enjoy. Jacobs’ own style is distinctive as well.”

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“Lou Rawls and Gil Scott-Heron? Maybe a little Leon Thomas?  I hear roots in this, soul jazz vocalist Sidney Jacobs' First Man (Babychubs), his first album and a good one. He carves his own contemporary path with a tip of the hat to those that came before. Fact is, though, that he is on his own turf. He sings with lots of soul and finesse, his songs are memorably strong and nicely arranged. He covers a few others well, too, notably "My Favorite Things. I like what he's done for a full band with horns and rhythm. And with a smaller band as well.  And he can sing! 

This is what a debut album should be. It introduces to us Sidney's wide world of jazz and soul infused hipness.”

Check this one out!

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“One of my favorite jazz/soul performances for 2017… I’m more than just “impressed” with Mr. Jacobs wonderful vocal talent….you’ll be hearing MUCH more from him in the coming months/years.”

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“The gospel, folk and soul strains that emanate from this man’s oh-so-warm and expressive voice and arrangements … are just too damn good to ignore.”

                                                                             Mike Greenblatt, AQUARIAN WEEKLY

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“The album has the feel of having been recorded in one or two days, so consistent is the level of inspiration in the performances… when you listen to this album what you hear is that amazing sense of style, his gift for communication, and the way he fits words and music together… the ebb and flow of the band and the singing is so musical that you just enjoy the way it all fits together.”

                                                                             Lynn Rene Bayley, THE ART LOUNGE