Vocalist Nicolas Bearde has carved out a comfortable niche in the soul-meets-jazz area of the music world. His previous albums--Crossing The Line (Right Groove Records, 2003), All About Love (Right Groove Records, 2004) and Live at Yoshi's--a Salute to Lou (Right Groove Records, 2008)--showcase his songwriting and suave delivery while also pointing toward those who've inspired and influenced him, like Lou Rawls, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. On this, his fourth self-released effort, Bearde works his magic again. He covers a lot of sonic ground, due in no small part to the utilization of a piecemeal approach ...read more
First the good news: Nicolas Bearde, former back-up singer with Bobby McFerrin, is blessed with a deep, dark, romantic voice reminiscent of Lou Rawls and on this album, which seeks to blend soul with jazz, he is backed by some of the best studio musicians on the West Coast. Now the bad news: his voice here lacks both expression and range. On Errol Garner's Misty" Bearde ducks the famous opening melody, where the words Look at me..." are meant to rise from B flat ninth to E flat major seventh, and attempts a rather mundane soul" treatment ...read more
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