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by C. Michael Bailey
Abigail Riccards may not be known yet but Jane Monheit 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 ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
One of the pleasures of hearing debut albums from aspiring jazz singers is to get an inkling of who the real talents are. In the case of Abigail Riccards, she clearly has a future.
Riccards has already accumulated several honors. She was the recipient of two awards from Down Beat Magazine for outstanding collegiate singer, as a student, in 2002 and 2004. She also earned a semi-finalist role in the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
Young female jazz vocalists often launch their recording careers with fresh interpretations of standards. While some of these ventures are successful, it all too often happens that we never hear from these divas again. Hopefully, that will not be the case with Abigail Riccards, whose When the Night Is New certainly fits the mold left by artists such as Renee Olstead and Robin McKelle. Riccards comes onto the scene with some impressive credentials. She was a 2004 ...read more
by Mark F. Turner
The heralded arrival of any new singing sensation is oftentimes met with caution, but in the case of Abigail Riccards' When The Night Is New the total package--her voice and the music--is one that truly deserves attention. Riccards has gained notoriety since moving to New York in 2003--as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2004, performing with some of the best in jazz, locally and for the troops in the Middle East. ...read more