Live in Concert
Live In Concert demonstrates, Biali has tremendous chops (both vocal and pianistic), and she’s unafraid to let all her personality hang out on big, show-stopping tunes, from a thrashing cover of Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock to the smaller-scale but no less persuasive I’ll Never Smile Again. The disc’s music, recorded at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, is vivid and varied, whether it’s a grand version of Nature Boy (enlarged by bassist George Koller’s intro on sitar), a racing run through the standard The Best Is Yet To Come (a feature for drummer Larnell Lewis), or a playful, sassy version of Ron Sexsmith’s Secret Heart. While Night And Day, performed by Biali accompanying herself on ukulele, is a sweet miniature, a rendition of Imogen Heap’s Letting Go, one of several tracks that includes Phil Dwyer’s mighty saxophone, is a moving, richly grooving epic. Covers aside, Biali’s also very well represented by her own compositions, such as the impressive and stirring instrumental piece Human Condition."
- The Ottawa Citizen
Tracing Light is an album that draws the listener into a deep and mysterious world of vocal beauty, superb musicianship, and shining intelligence."
- Robert Sadin, multi-Grammy award winning producer (Sting, Herbie Hancock)
"It could be argued that Biali's path — from growing up in North Vancouver to living life in the Big Apple — is encapsulated in her latest album.
Tracing Light sounds like an old nighttime black-and-white photograph, the tail lights of cars leaving sinuous imprints of their paths long after they have gone."
- Vancouver Sun
"The tunes on
Tracing Light range from sensitive treatments of jazz standards to funky piano workouts - but for all its stylistic range, Biali's latest is still accessible."
- Eye Magazine
"A tremendous album by a tremendous talent!"
- Leon Pendarvis, music director and keyboardist for Saturday Night Live Band
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 - singer, pianist and arranger of a CD that is full of heart and joy."
5 out of 5 stars.
- Montreal Gazette
"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."
4 out of 4 stars.
- Toronto Star
"Featuring all-Canadian songs, this screams 'Juno.' It even whispers 'Grammy.' Superb."
- Vancouver Province
Sting: A Winter's Night...Live from Durham Cathedral
In 2009, Laila was invited to join Sting as a singer for this special DVD project and its subsequent promotional tour. Rehearsals began at his Tuscan estate and ended at England's most famous cathedral. The double disc set features a majestic live performance which captures the mood and spirit of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols and lullabies spanning the centuries, and a behind-the-scenes look at the concert's genesis.
Rose & the Nightingale: Spirit of the Garden
Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band’s warm sound - which features sublime and daring vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos - has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. The group's debut album Spirit of the Garden
blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, world, and chamber music. The music is inspired by botanic gardens and paired with poetry that explores the nexus of spirituality and nature by living American poets from all over the country.