Parrott's Debut Album for Venus!
Australian-born and New York-based Nicki Parrot is a double threat: She can play the bass very competently, and has a singing voice that shares the relaxed sexiness of Julie London and the coquettishness of Blossom Dearie. She has performed and recorded with the legendary guitarist Les Paul, pianist Rachel Z and her sister Lisa Parrott.
Venus' producer Tetsuo Hara got to know Parrott when he recorded the Rachel Z band which included her. For this auspicious label debut release, Parrott was teamed with wonderful musicians that include John di Martino, a wonderful pianist and arranger who has recorded several times for Venus. Paul Myers' guitar work is exemplary, and Harry Allen contributes with tasteful solos and obligatos.
As Jay Leonhart often says, many people believe it's impossible to play the jazz bass and sing at the same time. But Parrott, together with Kristin Korb on the West Coast, proves them wrong. This is a very enjoyable, straight ahead jazz album with great singing and strong performances throughout.
"She doesn't showboat as a singer, opting to glide gently around the core of each melody, with a light, swinging style that proves highly effective." -Ken Dryden, allmusic.com
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Nicki Parrott, vocals, bass
Harry Allen, tenor sax
John Di Martino, piano
Paul Myers, guitar
Billy Drummond, drums
1. Moon River
2. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
3. Say It Isn't So
4. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
5. Takin' A Chance On Love
6. I Don't Know Enough About You
7. Makin' Whoopee
8. Cry Me A River
9. What A Difference A Day Made
10. Besame Mucho
11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
12. Nicki's Blues
13. The More I See You