The original tunes are all revelations...musical and lyrical sophistication of the highest order. If you attached a name like Bacharach or Richard Rodgers to them you would not be surprised.
Reaching deep into a space of quiet joy and beauty, tinged with more than a bit of melancholy, it's the original songs that propel Seattle vocalist Carrie Wicks's fourth recording for OA2 Records. Several are written with co-producer Nick Allison, and others with Ken Nottingham, who, along with Wicks, are members of the Bushwick Book Club, where literature is used to inspire compositions that are then performed at unique musical literary events. Several of these songs are presented here with Carrie's shimmering quartet - pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson, drummer D'Vonne Lewis and saxophonist Brent Jensen - who mesh beautifully with her intimate, burnished tone and conversational delivery. "Some Other Spring," a harmonically intriguing ballad recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and "Meet Me at No Special Place" from Nat King Cole's songbook are also included.
"What a surprise her voice is: individualistic and alluring at the same time." - WWOZ, New Orleans
1. A Love for Just Part 3:36
2. Páginas en blanco 4:45
3. Wide Open 3:52
4. Shadow Play 5:07
5. Some Other Spring 5:08
6. Spider Rain 5:34
7. Elephant in the Room 4:00
8. Remember 3:45
9. Safe in This World 5:48
10. Late June 4:08
11. A Secret Place 3:51
12. Meet Me at No Special Place 4:34
Produced by Carrie Wicks & Nick Allison
Recorded by Reed Ruddy w/ Audrey Lowell
at Robert Lang Studios, Richmond Beach, WA
January 29, 2019
Mixed by Reed Ruddy & Andrew Ching at Studio X, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA
Photographs by Laura Dux
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Paul Rauch)
Seattle-based vocalist Carrie Wicks is back with her fourth effort on the Origin label, and while there are many similarities stylistically with her previous efforts, Reverie more draws from the original compositions of Wicks and her partners Ken Nottingham and Nick Allison. One of the commonalities between the recordings is Wicks' insight into ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Just shows how looks can be deceiving. Judging the book by the cover, vocalist Carrie Wicks appears to be someone who'd be comfortable interpreting the Crosby, Stills and Nash songbook. Instead, the Norah Jones-toned lady has a soulful sizzle to her voice, giving us some original pieces that are clever, catchy and swinging. She teams with Bill Ansc ...