Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Nicole Henry: Time To Love Again

9

Nicole Henry: Time To Love Again

By

Sign in to view read count
Nicole Henry: Time To Love Again
Nicole Henry has been making a lot of noise, nicely, with her latest album. It is easy to see why.

While critics compare her to everyone from Natalie Cole to Whitney Houston, she really does sound like herself. She swings elegantly and does not oversing. Her intonation, diction and phrasing are impeccable. Henry is the epitome of good taste. She obviously has chops and range to burn, but keeps both under control. She will neither shatter your nerves nor your windows. One suspects that performance is part of her appeal: better to be in the live audience rather than listening through headphones. But, as the The Rolling Stones reminded us, you can't always get what you want.

Her taste in material is good too, ranging from jazz to rock to soul to pop. None of the tunes are original, but Henry puts a distinctive vocal and rhythmic stamp on them. And her timbre ranges from sultry to sweet, as the tune calls for. "Midnight at the Oasis" is undergoing something of a revival, but Henry's version is just different enough to keep Maria Muldaur at bay, which is not easy. Others have also done "What Time It Was," but there are no intervallic gimmicks here. James Taylor? "Your Smiling Face." Really? Yes, Somehow it works, and works well. "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder is another favorite, with an intimation of what energy Henry keeps under wraps.

It may be premature to compare her to Sarah Vaughan, as some of her fans are wont. Time will tell, but she is in the ballpark.

Track Listing

Feeling Good; Midnight At The Oasis; Your Smiling Face; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Is It A Crime; Until It's Time For You To Go; Wild Is The Wind; Love and Affection; OverJoyed.

Personnel

Album information

Title: Time To Love Again | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Banister Records


Next >
Umdali

Comments

Tags

Concerts

Jul 15 Mon

For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.