Simone Morris draws you into her songs with restraint... With muted horn by William Sperandei, she is streetwise on a raspy “Baby This Works” and bluesy on a soulful “Java Man.” A hip poetic “What A Life” features rich keys, and she is cozy with Farrugia on “Spinning.” The ¾ “Man in the Corner” has Bill McBirnie’s flute floating over the wondrous rhythm, and the sensuous “Don’t Come Crying to Me” grooving into a rich samba. Inviting verse.” - George W. Harris

Jazz Weekly

Toronto jazz vocalist Simone Morris’ debut album Settling Up is an absolute treat to the listener, a pop of delicious and sultry goodness in an otherwise dull and dreary day. The album was born out of a longtime collaboration with guitarist Mike Freedman, who is featured as a co-writer on each track along with Morris. Freedman’s mellow and fittingly soulful electric guitar licks, in combination with acclaimed pianist Adrean Farrugia’s delightful keyboard and piano riffs, add just the right amount of spirit to complement Morris’ soulful vocals. Morris has described the album as “weaving a musical path that  conveys diverse musical experience and background.” It is easy to fall into a pleasant lull and meander along this path with each piece offering a new stylistic experience that perfectly showcases her unique timbre and exceptionally varied musical background. From tracks such as Baby This Works and Man in the Corner, which delve into traditional jazz, to Don’t Come Crying To Me, an excellent, soft bossa nova, Morris’ artistic talents are made very apparent. With a very unique timbre, slightly Krall-esque but with an intriguing touch of spunk, she has succeeded in creating a captivating modern yet timeless quality within her music. Not only do we receive an absolutely lovely and charming musical experience from this record, we are also able to catch a rare and intimate glimpse into Morris’ life experiences. Settling Up will delight jazz aficionados and newcomers alike.” - Kati Killaspea


“Gorgeous album” ” - Errol Nazareth (host of "Big City, Small World")


I really enjoyed all of the tunes, the group was one of the best that I have heard. Thank you for restoring my faith in good vocalizing.” - Barrie Woodey (host)


Simone's voice is just right for me with a tinge of sassy 'coarseness' that I am very fond of. The band is great with some very serious players in it.” - Tim Hagerty (host)

— JAZZ AT THE 45TH (100.9 Canoe FM)


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