“When you looked at an album cover in the old days,” Nunn explains, “it told a story. The album cover and the title kind of prepped you for what you were about to experience, and I always felt that a jazz album isn’t just the music that is played-it’s the whole package. When you pull out that CD, it should be like a storybook. The cover and the album title kind of whet your appetite, and when you hear the songs, it takes you through an experience. It should all be an experience.”
With The Art of Michael Franks, Veronica Nunn’s third release for Dead Horse Records, the dominant theme of her recording Standard Delivery – a jazz vocalist’s relationship with time-honored standards – is revisited. But this time instead of pulling from the Great American Songbook she explores the musical creations of world-renowned contemporary jazz singer/songwriter Michael Franks. Embarking on a new musical collaboration with Michael Franks (in the form of a duet on “Leading Me Back to You”) as well as building on old ones, Veronica and friends develop arrangements that reintroduce listeners to some familiar songs of Mr. Franks as well as shine a light on some of his more obscure compositions – all the while reshaping those songs in accordance with Veronica’s unique approach and interpretation.