...an extraordinary debut...
After eight years of immersing herself in the vocal jazz tradition by studying with the best teachers and getting her feet wet onstage, Carrie Wicks gathered some of Seattle's finest for her debut recording. With co-producer Bill Anschell on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, Byron Vannoy on drums, and Hans Teuber on clarinet and tenor sax, Ms. Wicks displays a veteran's sense of pacing and repertoire to compliment her unique and understated vocal approach. Homage is paid to Blossom Dearie with "Everything I've Got," to Nat King Cole with "I'm Lost" (in six), and to Billie Holiday for her rendition of "Baby, Get Lost." Ms. Wicks's angelic tone mourns the story in "Lilac Wine," Elvis Costello's jazz ballad "Almost Blue" hits deep, and "Comes Love" is dark and foreboding yet swinging. "I'll Get Around to It" is a stirring debut from an inspired new voice.
1 Everything I've Got 5:47
2 Ill Wind 5:01
3 I'm Lost 6:17
4 Moon Samba (Moonlight in Vermont/No Moon at All medley) 5:19
5 Lilac Wine 5:03
6 I'll Get Around to It 3:59
7 Comes Love 7:09
8 I'm Old Fashioned 7:13
9 Almost Blue 5:05
10 Baby, Get Lost 5:16
Co-producer/arranger: Bill Anschell
Recorded & mixed by David Lange at
David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
on February 22, 2009
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering
Photography by Billy Brandt
Recording session photos by Ken Nottingham
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
In the crowded and talent-filled lady jazz vocalist field, standing apart is no small feat. Some natural vocal chops, combined with a bunch of hard work and a good backing band, can make for a very viable artistic effort, and there are a lot of those around. But a very workable artistic effort is not enough. The singer has to connect on a personal ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
For her debut recording, Carrie Wicks takes a step beyond the torch singers and songbook-repeaters that dominate so much of the contemporary jazz vocals available on the market. There are two major components to her difference. First, she's enlisted some of the best and brightest of the sparkling Northwest jazz scene, with mainstays of the Origin l ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
A new voice out of Seattle, Carrie Wicks' debut CD scores from several standpoints. Wicks doesn't go for the gusto, and that's a good thing in a jazz singer. In addition, she's chosen quality tunes that include "Everything I've Got," "Ill Wind," "Comes Love," ?"I'm Lost" and "I'm Old Fashioned," among others. She works effortlessly with Seattle vet ...
The Voice, 88.7FM, Sacramento, CA (Dick Crockett)
Vocalist Carrie Wicks has a dedicated stance on placing her original stamp on just about anything she sings, as most evident in "I'll Get Around to It," a nice, flossy blues statement, a Wicks/Nottingham original, by the way, a muse of '30s and '40s after-hours days and nights. Carrie Wicks is a true original in a tradition aptly portrayed by Billi ...
JazzTimes (Christopher Loudon)
As is sadly becoming too common a tale among jazz artists, Carrie Wicks recorded her debut album in early 2009, and then spent more than a year searching for a label willing to take a chance on an unproven talent. Fortunately, given the marvelousness of these 10 tracks and the immense artistic promise they suggest, the folks at Origin finally gree ...
Cadence, Oct-Dec 2010 (Jerome Wilson)
Carrie Wicks' voice has a slightly raspy quality which is perfect for the cool Jazz path she follows on I'll Get Around to It. Her singing is relaxed and fits right in with her instrumental support, particularly Teuber's husky tenor and Anschell's sweeping piano. Her scatting on "Ill Wind" sounds as natural as breathing, her slightly behind the bea ...