All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

186

Abigail Riccards: When The Night Is New

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Young female jazz vocalists often launch their recording careers with fresh interpretations of standards. While some of these ventures are successful, it all too often happens that we never hear from these divas again. Hopefully, that will not be the case with Abigail Riccards, whose When the Night Is New certainly fits the mold left by artists such as Renee Olstead and Robin McKelle.

Riccards comes onto the scene with some impressive credentials. She was a 2004 semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, and in 2006 toured the Middle East and played a week in Yemen for the U.S. State Department. She has also won two Down Beat honors: outstanding collegiate vocalist (2002) and outstanding collegiate vocal jazz group (2004). Her career so far has placed her in association with such jazz names as Mulgrew Miller, George Duke, Toots Thielemans and Joe Lovano.

Riccards injects a bit of sass in pianist David Berkman's arrangement of "East of the Sun, her piccolo alto offering a mix of power and beauty. Berkman's solo helps accent this piece, as do Matt Wilson's drum play and Ron Horton's trumpet solo, with bassist Ben Allison also contributing. Riccards is part voice, part flute on "The Very Thought of You, aided by guitarist Lage Lund's solo.

"The Thrill Is Gone, by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson, is not to be confused with the B.B. King blues classic. Riccards delivers this upbeat though melancholy track with the same verve that she employs throughout the album, with Berkman featured on organ. He then offers an odd-time arrangement of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, "It Might as Well Be Spring, accented by Riccard's lead and Wilson's drums. Adam Kolker adds a charming saxophone solo. Kolker's bass clarinet brings a nice texture for "I Didn't Know What Time It Was.

The musicians crank it up a notch for Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things. Riccards perfectly executes the highs and lows of this song, both in notation and volume. Horton and Kolker form an ideal horn duo.

Riccards stays true to the formula, launching her recording career with an album of standards. However, her vocal style and the fresh arrangements, mostly by Berkman, make this album more adventurous than others. It's a process that works for When the Night Is New.

Track Listing: But Beautiful; East of the Sun; The Very Thought of You; You Don't Know What Love Is; The Thrill is Gone; If I Should Lose You; It Might As Well Be Spring; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Left Alone; Just One of Those Things; I Was Brought to My Senses; I'll Be Seeing You.

Personnel: Abigail Riccards: vocals; David Berkman: piano, organ; Ben Allison: bass; Matt Wilson: drums; Adam Kolker: woodwinds; Ron Horton: trumpet, flugelhorn; Lage Lund: guitar; Rogerio Boccato: percussion.

Title: When The Night Is New | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Jazz Excursion Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Every Little Star

Every Little Star

Self Produced
2013

buy
When The Night Is New

When The Night Is New

Jazz Excursion Records
2008

buy
When The Night Is New

When The Night Is New

Jazz Excursion Records
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Elvesang CD/LP/Track Review
Elvesang
by John Kelman
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Necessary Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Necessary Arrangements
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen) CD/LP/Track Review
Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen)
by Barry Witherden
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Influences CD/LP/Track Review
Influences
by Don Phipps
Published: February 17, 2018
Read async Remodels CD/LP/Track Review
async Remodels
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Way Out West CD/LP/Track Review
Way Out West
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: February 16, 2018
Read "Eternal Life" CD/LP/Track Review Eternal Life
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "Necessary Arrangements" CD/LP/Track Review Necessary Arrangements
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 17, 2018
Read "Cultural Capital" CD/LP/Track Review Cultural Capital
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Christmas With Champian" CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" CD/LP/Track Review Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 16, 2017
Read "Milestones" CD/LP/Track Review Milestones
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 31, 2017