This Arbors CD is vocalist/string bassist Nicki Parrott’s interpretation of songs associated with late vocalist/pianist Blossom Dearie. It’s interesting to compare and contrast these two talented vocalist-instrumentalists. They both have unique, clear vocal delivery and subtle tones.
Both the late Ms. Dearie and Ms. Parrott have lots of YouTube presentations which are easily searchable. So, one can easily find and compare.
For those not familiar with Nicki’s musical history, here’s a brief summary. She is native Australian who came to US and studied bass with Rufus Reid. Vocalization came later when she was regularly featured for about a decade with Les Paul’s Monday night sessions. Paul was intrigued with her vocalizing and encouraged it.
Nicki is supported here by pianist Chris Grasso, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, and drummer Lenny Robinson. Guesting on some numbers are clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Engelbert Wrobel, percussionist Vince Cherico, and cornetist Warren Vaché.
Selections, all associated with Ms. Dearie, vary from sentimental to hip, e.g. “I Wish You Love” and “It Might As Well be Spring” for the former and “Peel Me a Grape” and “I’m Hip” for the latter.
Thanks to Rachel Domber of Arbors Records for continuing to supply us with high quality jazz recordings.