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Maria Neckam: Unison

Read "Unison" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vienna native and New York-based vocalist, composer and lyricist Maria Neckam is one of those rare artists whose work is accessible without being ordinary, and cerebral without being abstruse. Her third release as a leader, Unison, has both artistic originality and commercial appeal and may be the magnum opus of her short career so far. All fifteen tracks intricate Neckham originals that draw on a variety of influences. The result is less a patchwork and more a ...

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Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part II: Maria Neckam and Tanya Balakyrska

Read "Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part II: Maria Neckam and Tanya Balakyrska" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part I: Louise Van Aarsen and Rebecka Larsdotter"“ featured two new artists standing in the middle of the adult contemporary jazz vocals map. Both discs have elements of mainstream acoustic and mainstream contemporary electric jazz and feature original compositions by the singers themselves. Where Maria Neckam and Tanya Malakyrska differ is in their concerted aim to smash genre definition, making all music one. Maria NeckamUnisonSunnyside2012 Austrian ...

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Maria Neckam: Unison

Read "Unison" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sophisticated pop, art song and modern jazz don't often get along, but vocalist Maria Neckam is the tie that binds them. The Austrian-born, New York-based Neckam turned plenty of heads with Deeper (Sunnyside, 2010), which featured her entrancing soprano and showcased her strong songwriting skills; she returns with an equally engaging program on her sophomore outing for the Sunnyside label. Neckam refracts varied sounds and musical ideas throughout this fifteen-song program, allowing her thoughts to move in ...

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Maria Neckam: Deeper

Read "Deeper" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music of vocalist Maria Neckam defies easy categorization. Neckam, a native Austrian living in New York since 2005, has never subscribed to the idea of belonging to one specific subset of the music world. She has brought her unique vocal talents into rock realms, classical settings, modern jazz and various other arenas and her voice has a hypnotic purity that has the potential to stop people dead in their tracks. Her music, filled with catchy vocal hooks and lyrics ...

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Maria Neckam: Deeper

Read "Deeper" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It's not often that a singer like Maria Neckam comes along. Blessed with a voice that she can set free as it flutters and streaks into stellar regions of music, Neckam is still able to keep it in control. She has a natural ability for heartbreaking emotion, in much the same way that Billie Holiday did. She sings flat, yet in her singing, quarter notes abound as she tells a story. Her voice soars making notes bend and flap as ...

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Take Five With Maria Neckam

Read "Take Five With Maria Neckam" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Maria Neckam:Maria's voice is one of those you either love or hate, and so is her music. Uncompromising in her musical approach as well as performance she hits truth right at it's core and strikes a chord in you.

Her clear, airy sound has been compared to that of angels as well as wind instruments, the latter referring to her use of it as well--Maria sings like an instrumentalist plays. This is also ...


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