Nicki Parrott – Moon River (2008) [Japanese SACD Reissue 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:07 minutes | Scans included | 2,2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,07 GB
Nicki Parrott is a premier jazz vocalist and string bass player. Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15. “Moon River” is Nicki Parrott’s debut as a leader. The album received Swing Journal’s “Best Jazz Vocal Album” award.
Since leaving her native Australia to settle in the U.S., bassist/singer Nicki Parrott has settled into the New York City jazz scene and the jazz party circuit, with occasional recording opportunities coming her way as a leader. These 2007 sessions recorded for the Japanese Venus label showcase her engaging vocals and bass chops, backed by pianist John Di Martino, guitarist Paul Meyers, drummer Billy Drummond, and on some tracks, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. She doesn’t showboat as a singer, opting to glide gently around the core of each melody, with a light, swinging style that proves highly effective. Especially fun are her renditions of “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (which is seductive) and a hip, bluesy “Makin’ Whoopee.” Warmly recommended.
01. Moon River
02. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?
03. Say It Isn’t So
04. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
05. Takin’ A Chance On Love
06. I Don’t Know Enough About You
07. Makin’ Whoopee
08. Cry Me A River
09. What A Difference A Day Made
10. Besame Mucho
11. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
12. Nicki’s Blues
13. The More I See You
Produced by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Katherine Miller.
Recorded at The Studio in New York on June 7-8, 2007.
Mixed and Mastered by Tetsuo Hara.
Nicki Parrott – vocal & bass
Harry Allen – tenor sax
John Di Martino – piano
Paul Myers – guitar
Billy Drummond – drums