Tia Brazda - When I Get Low

Tia was born here and played Frankie's in July, but we've never met.

Tia Brazda album cover photo
The original image for this article is the album's cover image. Photo by Jen Squires

Tia Brazda released her third vocal jazz album, When I Get Low, from Toronto on May 27, 2022.

When I Get Low, by TIA BRAZDA
9 track album

Though Tia was born here in Vancouver and just played Frankie's in July, we've never met. Generally, if an artist's bio still says that they once charted #1 on iTunes, I run away – but this is a coincidence.

You know exactly what you'll get with the first track, "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (feat. Alex Bird)": trumpet intro, chorus of vocals, key change to switch to Alex's vocals, trumpet solo in the key change for the [A][A], Tia comes back to take it out, and the two sing in harmony for the last [A] like it's Ella & Louis Again.

And though Tia presents an on-brand 'vintage' experience, I don't buy some of her vocal inflections. In the bridge of "Lullaby of the Leaves", it's cringe to hear her pronounce "heard it be-faw", "that's hea-vaughn".

That said, the title track is a welcome throwback to the sound that built Tia's career. Her previous album, Daydream (2018) has some late-2000s-style radio pop songs thrown in – that's not what I mean.

Instead, I'm thinking of Bandshell (2015) and Tia’s 2012 debut EP, Cabin Fever, which played to the upbeat post-90s genre called electro swing.