Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

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

More Articles

Read Baby It's Cold Outside CD/LP/Track Review Baby It's Cold Outside
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Wrong Turns And Dead Ends CD/LP/Track Review Wrong Turns And Dead Ends
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Lavaman CD/LP/Track Review Lavaman
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 21 CD/LP/Track Review Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 21
by Don Phipps
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Bad Hombre CD/LP/Track Review Bad Hombre
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Aladdin's Dream CD/LP/Track Review Aladdin's Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 12, 2017
Read "Antidote" CD/LP/Track Review Antidote
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 29, 2017
Read "Journey To The Mountain Of Forever" CD/LP/Track Review Journey To The Mountain Of Forever
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 17, 2017
Read "Live In Brooklyn" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "The Hive" CD/LP/Track Review The Hive
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "Free Sessions Vol. 1: Planets Of Kei" CD/LP/Track Review Free Sessions Vol. 1: Planets Of Kei
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 27, 2017
Read "Reunion – Live From Cafe Oto" CD/LP/Track Review Reunion – Live From Cafe Oto
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 5, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!