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Petra van Nuis: Because We’re Night People

Read "Because We’re Night People" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the elegant and delightful Because We're Night People Chicago natives, vocalist Petra van Nuis and pianist Dennis Luxion, interpret thirteen night-themed tunes with charm and sophistication. The two musicians are superbly matched, she with her refined grace and emotive vocals and he with his vibrant lyricism. The pair performs a selection of standards in a refreshingly singular style, that is simultaneously true to the original's essence yet deeply personal. For example, Luxion embellishes the intimate “Night People," ...

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Petra van Nuis: Lessons Lyrical

Read "Lessons Lyrical" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago based vocalist Petra van Nuis and her husband guitarist Andy Brown have impeccable artistic synergy, something that is superbly demonstrated on their delightful duet album Lessons Lyrical. The 17 standards that van Nuis and Brown interpret are stripped down to their basic melodic elements and are reconstructed with such warmth and intimacy that highlight the beauty at the core of each one. On the effervescent “Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow" van Nuis' graceful vocals soar over Brown's ...

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Petra van Nuis / Andy Brown: Far Away Places

Read "Far Away Places" reviewed by Jack Huntley

The combination of a female vocalist backed by a solo guitar is not a heavily- exploited instrumentation, and there's a reason for that--it's very hard to pull off. While Ella Fitzgerald's recordings with Joe Pass are a perhaps the gold standard, overwhelmingly the piano is the stand-alone accompaniment instrument of choice for singers. But vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown's wonderful Far Away Places is a reminder of the beauty this form can achieve, and how the inherent ...


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