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Nicolas Bearde: Invitation

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Bay-area vocalist Nicolas Bearde belongs to an exclusive club: male jazz singers. I suspect, being scientifically minded, that submissions from male jazz singers make up approximately 10% of the music I receive for review. While in may be impolitic to discuss, it remains a fact. Not only are there few male jazz singers, there a fewer good male jazz singers...and that number continues to dwindle. Gratefully, Bearde has emerged follow the release of four previous recordings on his own Right ...

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Nicolas Bearde: Invitation

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A jewel always shines brightest when placed in just the right setting, and boy does this album emphasize that point. When Nicholas Bearde's soulful and affecting baritone sits atop these impeccably tailored arrangements of sterling standards, the results are absolutely stunning. With his four previous albums, the Bay Area-based Bearde has managed to dance around labels. He's flirted heavily with the smoother side of jazz, delivered R&B-centric music, and dabbled in a variety of other settings, never ...

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Nicolas Bearde: Visions

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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 ...

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Nicolas Bearde: Visions

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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..." ...


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