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Abigail Riccards: Every Little Star (2013)

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Abigail Riccards may not be known yet but Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit
b.1977
vocalist
is, and on Riccard's Every Little Star, the famous jazz chanteur is both a mentor and co-producer. The Chicago-based Riccards began appearing in New York City in the early 2000s, garnering a good deal of critical attention from her live performances and her debut recording, When The Night Was New (Jazz Excursion, 2008).

Always supported by the best musicians, Riccards is backed up here by a piano-guitar quartet, led by pianist Michael Kanan, who handles the arrangements of all twelve songs included in this collection. His steady hand steers a neo-mainstream path, paying a counterpoint homage to John Lewis
John Lewis
John Lewis
b.1920
piano
and George Shearing
George Shearing
George Shearing
1919 - 2011
piano
. Guitarist Peter Bernstein
Peter Bernstein
Peter Bernstein
b.1967
guitar
provides the string mood to the set, his introduction and accompaniment on "If I Had You" an album highlight. Bassist Neal Miner
Neal Miner
Neal Miner
b.1970
bass, acoustic
and drummer Eliot Zigmund round out the rhythm section, the quartet proving tasteful and brief support.

Riccard's instrument is one that is at once fresh and practiced. Interestingly, her voice is best framed in her duet with Monheit on Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
b.1943
vocalist
's "Circle Game." Riccards' alto possesses an exegesis of the singer's art, able to fit anywhere—as evidenced by her cover of Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
' "Waltz For Debbie" and Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is The Ocean." The culmination of her vision is on "Sleepin' Bee," where Riccards duets with only Miner's walking bass. Riccards' footing is secure and her future bright.

Track Listing: I’ve Told Every Little Star; If I Had You; Singin’ In The Rain; How Deep Is The Ocean; Circle Game; Sleepin’ Bee; I Didn’t Know About You; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; Smile; Waltz For Debbie; Endless Joy; Bye Bye Blackbird.

Personnel: Abigail Riccards: vocals; Michael Kanan: piano; Neal Miner: bass; Peter Bernstein: guitar; Eliot Zigmund: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Vocal


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