“This very impressive debut album from vocalist Angela Verbugge is a real treat... Angela infuses passion and emotion with each beautiful note. The trio of Ray Gallon on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums provide fluid and sculptural jazz instrumentation...”
- THE JAZZ MUSIC BLOG, Australia (edited for brevity, full review at thejazzmusicblog.blogspot.com)
"Quirky with a swing!"
Angela Verbrugge gives singers like Lorraine Feather a run for their money with her witty lyrics on her originals that area mixed with some clever covers. Teamed with Ray Gallon/p, Cameron Brown/b and Anthony Pinciotti, she is fun and quirky on her bopping “I’m Running Late” and cleverly swings on a Latin-grooved “How Did I Know This Was The End?” while her “You’re Almost Perfect” is both hip and a hoot. She is wispy and romantic on her title tune, she slithers for a coy “Love Walked In” and oozes on Duke Ellington’s “All Too Soon” while putting a rose between her teeth and doing a table dance on the sauntering “Si Tu Pudieras Quererme.” In the Archie Comics of life, this lady is a bubbly Betty.
- JAZZ WEEKLY
"Angela lets her stunning vocals soar."
- THE RECORD-JOURNAL, Meridian, CT
James Pasinski (JPSMusicBlog)
<The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night is> "...beautifully patient and timeless."
- EPONYMOUS REVIEW
Laurie Fanelli, founder ( Chicago, IL)
"...with a vocal sound that’s bright and optimistic and also full of depth and nuance - welcoming the light but without denying the existence of the darkness. ...I for one, am glad that the door opened and Angela Verbrugge came through it."
- WILL FRIEDWALD
Music writer (The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Playboy), author of nine books including Jazz Singing, and the award-winning A Biographical Guie to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. He is a curator for Apple Music.
"The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night" is such a satisfying and solid musical statement. I love the singing, the material, the arrangements, and the band! The duet on "Interlude" ("Night in Tunisia") with pianist Ray Gallon is especially memorable."
- MIKE RUD
Juno-award (2014) winning Montreal-based jazz guitarist
(Peter Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis, Joey DeFrancesco)
"I had the good fortune to assist in the arranging process for Angela's debut album, and was impressed with her creative impulses. She shines a new light on some classics, while presenting some challenging and often humorous original material. As a vocalist, Ms Verbrugge's acting skills clearly bring forth the lyrics in an engaging way".
- MILES BLACK
Award-winning jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, composer
(Slide Hampton, Ingrid Jensen, Houston Person, Max Roach, Dee Daniels, Lee Konitz)
"...a fine vocalist and an engaging performer who communicates a song's lyrics to the audience."
Retired Arts Reviewer, Vancouver Sun
"I had the pleasure of playing vibraphone in Angela's quartet. She has a warm, honey-hued sound and phrases so beautifully! She is a great composer, and writes songs that are both unique and fun to play."
Vancouver-based drummer and vibraphonist (Pat LaBarbara, Dianna Krall, Clark Terry, Sweets Edison)
"Angela's exuberance and warmth are qualities that you can count on when hearing her sing! It's always a pleasure to hear her interpretations of standards and her inventive way of finding music that is less explored, as well."
Jazz vocalist and pianist (Tommy Banks, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Hugh Fraser)