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Erin Dickins is notable for being one of the founders of jazz vocal group The The Manhattan Transfer. Since that time, the singer has been quite the journey- woman performer, occasionally taking time off from the music industry. She concludes one such sabbatical (10 years) with the release of Nice Girls, a patiently assembled collection of show tunes and not-so-standard standards.
The erstwhile title tune, composed by Jerome Leshay and Bobby Troup, was originally recorded by Julie London for her 1967 Liberty release of the same title. It has enjoyed relatively little coverage, appearing most recently on Kathy KosinsVintage (Mahogany Records, 2005). Dickins' take on the chestnut is crazy sexy and breathless. Dickins possesses that ability all great singers have, to make the slowest ballads sound effortless. Her voice is light a coquettish, coy and smiling. A refined arrangement and spare instrumentation showcase this talent, welcoming it back.
Personnel: Erin Dickins: vocals; Rob Mounsey: piano; David Finck: bass; Barry
Danielian: tenor saxophone.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.