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Italia Post (‘These Miles’ Review)

You never know the power of Twitter until this happens! A loyal twitter follower, Italian native and writer has taken the time to publish a wonderful feature and review of ‘These Miles’ in the Italia Post. I have posted an english translation for you to enjoy! – JE

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(Translation by Google)

Jonathan Estabrooks: that voice, that music

These 2 milesJonathan Estabrooks was born in Ottawa in 1983, is a baritone, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School, famous both in Canada and the US, both in the world of opera that the musical.

Jonathan began his musical training as a member of the choir of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Boys Choir and Opera Lyra. In 1994 he participated as a shepherd boy in Puccini’s Tosca. In 1993, instead he joined the Society of Musical Theatre, and appears in productions such as Annie, Oliver! as “Oliver Twist”, the Will Rogers Follies, and West Side Story.

He received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 2006 and a Masters Degree in Music from the Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied under Marlena Malas.

There are many commitments and awards that Jonathan collects at home and around the world in the following years, but the stroke of genius takes place July 15, 2013 when Jonathan manages to successfully collect $ 25.730 USD on the website Kickstarter funding popular for registration His debut album with the orchestra.

These milesTitled “These Miles” was released in 2014. The album is a collection of various situations, there are elements of fusion of classical, pop and musical theater classic with the accompaniment of Macedonia Radio Orchestra.

In the disk there are several collaborations, Simon Cowell, tenor Jonathan Antoine, former duo Jonathan and Charlotte, the new age pianist and author Jennifer Thomas. It was produced by Dave Reitzas, winner of four Grammys, from Oran Eldor and Jonathan himself. The album was recorded with the help of over 50 musicians from around the world.

This album is made up of a series of covers of famous artists such as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello. The mix of songs on this cd is very inspired. There is a bit ‘of jazz, a bit’ of classical, a little ‘pop … it is as if this man could sing anything! His voice kidnaps you and takes you on a world he creates, different in every song he sings. A disc wonderful, beautiful, relaxing, listening to at any time of day or night.

Top 100 Canadian Albums (Review)

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: 

JONATHAN ESTABROOKS – THESE MILES

Vocal fans will be excited by this debut from Estabrooks, a Juilliard-trained baritone from Ottawa. Already well-traveled and acclaimed from Carnegie Hall to opera stages, he’s veering off the well-worn path for classical vocalists. Using Kickstarter and social media, he’s established a fan base, and now delivers with a mix of pop, musicals, and a little bit of opera.

Using rich orchestral arrangements, Estabrooks performs a few surprises, including Neil Diamond’s Play Me. The blend of acoustic guitar and strings are a lovely reminder of 70’s pop balladry, his vocals rich and poor, but wisely his full power is held in check, as he could easily overwhelm the delicacy of the number. Another strong choice follows, the gentle Kathy’s Song from Simon and Garfunkel, performed with even more restraint, the higher key bringing out a sweeter vocal.

There are a couple of over-heard selections that feel a bit ho-hum, the ubiquitous Time After Time, Always On My Mind and yet another version of Aznavour’s She, but those are redeemed by a fun Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home by Mercer/Arlen. For that taste of his more classical material, there’s a duet with Jonathan Antoine, the British teen vocal sensation, Por Una Cabeza. Estabrooks can sing anything wonderfully, and seems to have the personality and drive to connect with a broad audience. It’s all class, and an uplifting and soothing listen.

 

Canadian Content Machine (Review)

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After all These Miles!

Jonathan Estabrooks makes a long-awaited Debut!

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Ottawa-born baritone Jonathan Estabrooks currently isn’t a household name. His decision to create an album that showcases his talents as well as ambition may soon change that fact. The list of Jonathan’s credentials is as long as the road it took him to get to this point in his career, where he can record a debut album with all the tools a seasoned veteran possesses.

Estabrooks has been singing in operas and acting in musical theater his entire life. Notable benchmarks include a bachelor’s degree of music from the University of Toronto, a master’s of music from the Julliard School, countless symphonies across the continent, and performing in front of Bill Clinton. Impressive accomplishments indeed, but none as impressive as his debut album, These Miles.

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These Miles sets out to encompass all of Estabrooks’ musical styles and influences, and they are plentiful. He has spent years in the world of musical theatre and classical music, yet is comfortable with pop, country and other genres. These elements are all blended together perfectly by Grammy-winning producer Dave Reitzas with the help of the Macedonia Radio Orchestra. Fellow classical crossover artists Jennifer Thomas and Jonathan Antoine guest on the record. Add Estabrooks’ perfect timing and delivery and you have something worthy of the finest Sunday morning listen on your headphones.

The vocals leave you longing for nothing, and considering the songs tackled here that is a large compliment. He makes pop classics such as “Time After Time” and“Always On My Mind” his own, and standards like “She” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Kathy’s Song” are covered with ease.

These Miles was made available last week with launch parties in Toronto, and Jonathan will be appearing at the Roy Thomson Hall on May 20th and May 21st.

Check out his music:

Official website.

Soundcloud.

Youtube.

Twitter.

Facebook.

Author: Jason Scharff

NEW CANADIAN MUSIC (‘These Miles’ Review)

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Acclaimed young Canadian baritone Jonathan Estabrooks sure knows how to make a splash with a debut record. He raised $30k through Kickstarter to fund the recording of These Miles, and this enabled him to hire Grammy-winning producer Dave Reitzas (Streisand, Josh Groban) and the Macedonia Radio Orchestra. The result is a suitably rich and lush sound that complements Estabrooks’ impeccable phrasing and delivery. The album blends classical and pop elements (a la Groban), and the singer reprises such pop classics as “Time After Time”, “She”, and “Always On My Mind”. Guests include Jonathan Antoine and Jennifer Thomas. The disc was launched with release shows in Toronto and Ottawa this week. He will be a featured soloist with the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall on May 20-21. A talent to go the distance. – Kerry Doole

CANADIAN BEATS (‘These Miles’ Review)

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By: Jessica Lewis

Album: These Miles
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Classical/Opera/Pops/Crossover
Label: Estabrooks Entertainment Group LLC

Jonathan Estabrooks is releasing his debut album, ‘These Miles’ on April 8th of this year. The Ottawa native is trained in Opera singing and has done a twenty city tour across Canada. Because he is a versatile artist, his style ranges from opera and classical to pop and crossovers.

The album runs 12 tracks with a total playing time of 51:02. Jonathan is a baritone singer and the songs on this album do a fabulous job of showing off that vocal range. Baritones tend to hold a more soulful sound than tenor, alto or soprano, and Jonathan definitely has a soulful sound. The sound of the album in general is a mash up between classical and pop, which gives it an interesting twist. I found myself mesmerized by both the sound of the music and the sound of Jonathan’s incredible voice.

Every song on the album is a cover of a classic song, but they are covered so well that you would think they are original to Jonathan. His voice suits the songs to beautifully, that they sound like they were written by him and not someone else.

To give a general example of the album, I would recommend listening to the first track “Play Me”. It is a good introduction to the album and is already released. If you want to decide whether or not to listen to or buy the entire album, have a listen to “Play Me”. If you like it, then you will enjoy the rest of the album.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard an album like this, and I really enjoy the sound. It’s like each song has a story, but each story plays into the other songs, even though they are all written by different artists. Jonathan delivers each song with amazing vocals that are awe-inspiring and very visual; you can easily put picture to each one.

“These Miles” definitely has an older sound to it, but that doesn’t mean that the younger generation can’t find it appealing. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from the generic pop from today and let your soul relax into an album like this. It’s a really good de-stresser to just sit back and listen to some amazing classical music.

Overall, the sound is amazing, the vocals are incredible and the music is phenomenal. The album is sure to make it onto my shelf. It is a sound that any music fan can appreciate, stepping out of today’s mainstream music and plunging into a musical world that does not receive enough credit, but does wonders for the listener. It’s one of those albums that will never get old.

Rating: 5/5

L’ACADIE NOUVELLE, Caraquet.

The theatrical game of the five singers onstage is also flawless. Baritone Jonathan Estabrooks plays sergeant Belcore as well as could be desired, chest raised, a military step and a smile in the face of every jab. Additionally, the baritone exhibits great vocal flexibility with a round voice thundering especially in its lowest register.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Robert Erickson’s “Sierra,” an impressionistic work for baritone and chamber ensemble, is steeped in California, thanks to a hokey text of his own, filled with repetitive evocations of “Yosemite,” “Wawona,” “Gold,” “Devil’s Basin” and more. Jonathan Estabrooks, a robust baritone, gave his all to the solo part’.

HABAMA MAGAZINE, Tel Aviv.

‘At the top of the list stood Papageno portrayed by the energetic red-head Canadian, Jonathan Estabrooks, who was a Papageno from tip to toe, with every sound he made with his fresh voice. It was a pleasure to see him jump, fall down, get up, moan, chatter, be silent, enthusiastic or afraid, and to hear him sing in a very pleasant voice and always with obvious joy of one who knows it is a role for life’.