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Maria Neckam

Singer and composer Maria Neckam’s unparalleled sound slips across genre lines and expectations with a youthful ease that’s rare to find. Since releasing her second album as a leader, Deeper (Sunnyside Records), in 2010, her pure, fresh vocals have been acclaimed by critics around the world. To top it off, her compositions are both complex and catchy; one moment intriguing the listener with precisely executed lyrics, the next moment dropping wildly into dissonance. Hailed as “a valiant trailblazer” by JazzTimes, she moves effortlessly from idiosyncratic jazz riffs to haunting pop hooks, blending borders with skill, well-honed technique and range. Born in a small town outside of Vienna, Austria, Maria has always been driven by music

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Nicky Schrire: Space And Time

Read "Space And Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The art of singing goes well beyond the act of singing. To simply sing, one need only open the mouth and let the music come forth, but that's the act. The art involves pitch perfect delivery, clear and crisp diction, control, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to completely inhabit, own, and sell a song; in short, ...

Unison

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: I Miss You; The Story; Obsessed; Where Do You Think You Will Be?; Unison; Unavailability; Your Kindness; One Day; Solitude; New Orleans; January 2011 (Dedicated To David Kashara); I Am Waiting For My Laundry In The Sun And I Have Lost You (Laundry Song); You And I; You Will Remember; Half Full.

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Maria Neckam: Unison

Read "Unison" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La cantante austriaca Maria Neckam si muove ormai come una newyorkese affermata, dopo che il suo album Deeper del 2010 è stato bene accolto dalla critica e dal pubblico. La sua voce da soprano sa stare molto bene a cavallo fra un pop sofisticato e un jazz moderno che lancia bagliori di attenzione lavorando su arrangiamenti ...

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Anne Mette Iversen: Poetry of Earth

Read "Poetry of Earth" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Palleggiandosi fra brani in inglese e in danese, rispettivamente cantati da Maria Neckam e Christine Skou (in un paio di casi, “Music" e “On the Grasshopper and the Cricket," anche insieme), questo nuovo lavoro della bassista e compositrice (tutte sue le musiche, costruite attorno a poesie dei vari Housman, Keats, Ibsen, Thomas Hardy, Svende Grøn, Lene ...

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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.

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 ...

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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 ...

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Samir Zarif: Starting Point

Read "Starting Point" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The excitement of hearing the voice from a musician of significant new talent knows no bounds. Violinist Majid Khaliq, vocalist Khalil Wilson, bassist Michael Feinberg, composer Gene Pritsker, and now saxophonist and storyteller Samir Zarif, are just beginning to fan the rapidly growing new brushfire of 21st century music. Zarif's talent is significant enough to merit ...

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Samir Zarif: Starting Point

Read "Starting Point" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Among the many new voices with something unique to say, Texas-born saxophonist Samir Zarif's Starting Point is as fresh a debut as they come. A member of the internationally acclaimed group The Story--whose names include rising stars, pianist John Escreet and saxophonist Lars Dietrich--Zarif also contributed to singer Maria Neckam's memorable Deeper (Sunnyside, 2010). In both ...


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