From Sea To Sky

Classics & Jazz
Release date
19 Jun 2007
Running length
11 tracks
Running time



    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Ice Cream 5:45 175
2 Secret Heart 4:48 178
3 Tears Of Hercules 6:46 131
4 Radiance 5:45 152
5 Calling All Angels 5:53 125
6 Woodstock 5:20 298
7 I'll Never Smile Again 5:45 148
8 Stolen Land 5:11 116
9 Mushaboom 4:57 161
10 Autumn Leaves 5:58 146
11 Anthem 6:54 117

About this album

from Sea To Sky (CBC Records)

This one’s a surefire winner from pianist and now pianist-vocalist Biali, one of the very best of Canada’s new crop of jazz artists. Given a tryout at a Glenn Gould Studio concert in February accompanied by an all-star group that includes Guido Basso, Rob Piltch, Don Thompson and George Koller, the 11-song result should quell any doubts about her move from keyboard virtuoso to appealing singer with a distinctive sultry sound and an intimate, emotional jazz approach that can be playful or broody.

Her repertoire is absolutely up to date, from Feist and Sarah McLachlan via Ron Sexsmith and Bruce Cockburn, to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. All arrangements are hers, she contributes the passionate “Radiance” for piano trio and nods to the classics with a sweetly melancholic “I’ll Never Smile Again” and an instrumental “Autumn Leaves.” She can be playful, broody and poignant. Listen for the gorgeous high notes on “Calling All Angels” and “Woodstock.” Top track: “Secret Heart” with its intense delivery, superb soloing by saxist Phil Dwyer and reggae-fied rhythm.

Review by Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star


from sea to sky

When an extraordinary talent delivers an exceptional recording, it is time for celebration and recognition. Such is the case with multi-talented Laila Biali-Toronto-based singer, pianist and arranger of a CD that is full of heart and joy.

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