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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nika Project: Elusive

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When Veronika Griesslehner opens her mouth, you can hear an impressive weight of experience to go with such a young voice. She doesn't try or claim to approach the worldly depths of an Ella Fitzgerald or a Nina Simone and doesn't have to--the similarities in sound here are impressionistic rather than imitative, but those classic divas have given her a few good cues nonetheless. Griesslehner's writing style hints at the old-fashioned swing of the Great American Songbook with a contemporary ...