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Carrie Wicks: Maybe

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Vocalist Carrie Wicks is three albums into her recording career with the release of Maybe, a collection heavy on smartly composed and sung originals. Wicks has previously released I'll Get Around to It (A2 Records, 2010) and Barely There (OA2 Records, 2012). She enjoyed the same rhythm section so much on both recordings, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer Byron Vannoy that she uses them with no additional solo instruments on Maybe. Wicks is a ...

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Carrie Wicks: Barely There

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Vocalist Carrie Wicks' debut was 2010's I'll Get Around To It (OA2 Records). She slipped her original composition, the disc's title tune that she cowrote with bassist Ken Nottingham, onto the CD, along with a bunch of well-chosen songs from the 1940s and '50s, with Elvis Costello's timeless “Almost Blue" nudged in there, too. It all fit. It was a classic jazz outing featuring a deep-in-the-tradition singer, with exquisite accompaniment headed up by pianist Bill Anschell-a top debut of the ...

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Carrie Wicks: I'll Get Around to It

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In the crowded and talent-filled lady jazz vocalist field, standing apart is no small feat. Some natural vocal chops, combined with a bunch of hard work and a good backing band, can make for a very viable artistic effort, and there are a lot of those around. But a very workable artistic effort is not enough. The singer has to connect on a personal level by telling the stories of her songs in a convincing fashion--in her own vulnerable or ...


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