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Kiran Ahluwalia: Sanata: Stillness

Read "Sanata: Stillness" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On this inventive album, Canadian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia brings forth a different approach to Indian music. While the tablas, percussion and the characteristic singing are all present, those are the only Eastern elements you hear. Backing her are rock-tinged electric guitars and an accordion.

This is clearly not an attempt to “Westernize" the music ...

Brenda Earle Stokes: Right About Now

Read "Right About Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Is Brenda Earle Stokes primarily a vocalist, a composer, or a pianist? That's an unanswerable question if ever there was one. The marketplace typically forces artists to list their chief credential first, making it easier to categorize and pigeonhole them, but that's a problem for Stokes; she's equally talented in all three areas, as demonstrated throughout ...

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Nicky Schrire: Space And Time

Read "Space And Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City-based jazz vocalist Nicky Schrire has two albums to her credit. Freedom Flight (Circavision Productions, 2012) was well received by AAJ colleague Dan Bilawsky, who explained her fresh and well-scrubbed appeal thusly: “The London-born, South African-raised, New York-based vocalist bursts onto the scene with this dazzling debut, but she didn't simply materialize out of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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, ...