While the corporate media obviously tend to focus much of its attention on established stars, the media that are more genuinely passionate about music, whatever the genres, regularly allocate room for upstarts, a few of whom are slated to become “the next big thing”. On the other hand, once famous artists whose heyday is long past are generally relegated to specialty music publications or oldies-type radio programs. Then there are artists such as Alan Gerber who don’t quite fit into any of those niches. He’s one of those legendary artists who flirted briefly with fame years ago and subsequently spent decades living in near anonymity.
« Sud-Ouest » « Gerber marie à une technique parfaite une présence scénique hors du commun. Avec lui le public n’est plus passif mais devient son interlocuteur »
« La Dépêche du Midi » « Jonglant tant avec les instruments (piano, synthétiseur, accordéon, guitare et violon) qu’avec les interprétations tout aussi personnelles qu’excellentes de standards établis et reconnus, ou encore, nos sentiments, Alan Gerber s’est donc décrit et imposé comme démiurge. »
« Le Reflet » « Alan Gerber a le don de faire vibrer les cordes émotives de son public »
« Le Reflet » Denis Renaud « Une interaction dynamique et une performance hors pair ».
« Sud-Ouest » France « Gerber associated perfect technique with an uncanny stage presence. The communication with the audience leaves no room for non-participation. Saturday night, through the raspy textures of his voice, we were moved from one emotion to another, from hilariously absurd stories to moving unusual ballads. One of a kind! »
« La Dépêche du Midi » France « Juggling with his instruments (piano, synthesizer, accordion, guitar and violin), personal interpretations of the highest standards, as well as our feelings, Alan Gerber has imposed himself as a creator. »
There's never a bad time of year to take a road trip, and "Queen of Hearts" just might be the perfect album to make those miles go by in a flash. A roller coaster of emotional lyrics and flawless musicianship, Alan Gerber's latest release makes me want to hit the road with no particular place to go.
"Engagement Song", featuring the supporting vocals of Hannah Gerber, might be the best ballad I have heard in years. If you can listen to this song and not feel something in response, you need to rent yourself a soul. There isn't a weak cut on the disc, as it is clear Gerber took the time to release a top-shelf album that his hordes of fans rightfully deserve.
Another bluesman, another American, and another strong personality.
Decidedly, after the very authentic Glory Hogs concert of a couple of weeks ago, the Cav'conc' welcomed, last saturday, another wild and crazy American, Alan Gerber.
That said, even through his influences are surely blues (he comes from Chicago) passing through rock and ballads this man goes beyond the Glorious Hogs and their classic, traditional blues.
Alan Gerber is in a league by himself. Although, he is alone on stage with his instruments: piano, synthesizer of many sounds, guitar, etc., we have heard he has played alongside the greatest (Bob Dylan, Lou Reed...).
This is understandable in the way Gerber associated perfect technique with an uncanny stage presence. The communication with the audience leaves no room for non-participation.
Saturday night, through the raspy textures of his voice, we were moved from one emotion to another, from hilariously absurd stories to moving unusual ballads. One of a kind!