One of the most denigrated categories is "jazz female vocalists." Most either try to sound like a quirky indie like Norah Jones, or try to jump on the Diana Krall bandwagon by ONCE AGAIN revisiting the Great American Songbook. Well, if you want something else, here is an artist that has the pulse of jazz, but delivered in fresh voice. What a joy!
Carrie Wicks is in a quartet setting with Bill Anschell/p, Jeff Johnson/b and Byron Vannoy/dr with a mix of covers and collaborations with Ken Nottingham. Her voice is relaxed and relaxing, almost conversant. Her tone is Guinness rich and foamy, assured and rich as she gently prances on "Ghost of a Perfect Day" or playfully swings on the taffy pull read of "It Could Happen to You." She has an instrumentalist's timing as she cadences on "Desolation Mood" and weaves around elliptically through Vannoy's cymbals on "Watercolor Rhyme." Her sandy voice wisps with Anschell on "Dreamtime" and her duet with him on the closing "Solitude" sounds like she's talking to herself. A wonderful way to listen to music.