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Nicki Parrott: The Best of Venus, Volume 1

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While American-in-London Stacey Kent has become the toast of Western Europe, Australian-in-New-York Nicki Parrott has earned equally strong favor throughout the Far East. Their vocal similarity is unmistakable, almost eerie, both next-generation descendants of the sun-dappled Joanie Sommers school of pop-jazz styling, Parrott distinguished by a slightly denser smokiness. Parrott is also a top-flight jazz bassist, a Rufus Reid protégée who almost always accompanies herself, and an accomplished musical-theatre actress with a long list of Broadway credits. She’s made a handful of Stateside albums, most for Florida’s Arbors label, but far more for the Japanese Venus label, including nods to Peggy Lee and to Paris, plus platters devoted to each of the four seasons.

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