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Nicki Parrott: Dear Blossom (Arbors)

Few, if any, contemporary jazz singers can match the recording prolificacy of Nicki Parrott: close to 30 albums (many for Japan’s Venus label) in less than 15 years, including tributes to mentor Les Paul, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, the Carpenters and, just released overseas, Burt Bacharach. Here the indefatigable Australian salutes Blossom … Read More “Nicki Parrott: Dear Blossom (Arbors)”

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Becky Kilgore & Nicki Parrott: Two Songbirds of a Feather

Some jazz voices-Ella and Louis, Carmen and Betty, Bing and Rosie-seem made for one another. The bi-generational teaming of Rebecca (Becky) Kilgore and Nicki Parrott flaunts that it-had-to-happen spirit. Best evidence among this baker’s dozen tracks is the closer, a gossamer “When I Grow Too Old to Dream,” performed a cappella, laying bare how sublimely … Read More “Becky Kilgore & Nicki Parrott: Two Songbirds of a Feather”

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Nicki Parrott: The Best of Venus, Volume 1

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 … Read More “Nicki Parrott: The Best of Venus, Volume 1”

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