Abigail Rockwell Autumn Noir
CD Release: October 10, 2018
Featuring Saxophonist Harry Allen
Sultry tones tell the story.
Cinematic jazz: a fresh blend of originals and standards.
Abigail Rockwell's first album as a singer/songwriter
Why Noir? That haunting saxophone solo line running through Taxi Driver," the distant blow of a conch and those voodoo drums from I Walked With A Zombie"... shadings of light and shadow... music and images that left a stamp of recognition on me like a raised brand I couldn't get rid of. That post-war, atomic age desperation still ripples that dark lake off Highway 2. Femme fatale, Lady Fate, I never know quite what she has in store for me. All I can do is surrender and go for a ride. She drives like the night, blinded but knowing, to a destination of her own choosing.
Music Noir in a post-modern world.
Her voice is a bit deeper and fuller, but her phrasing, her use of occasional melisma, and the breathy sexiness of her sound call to mind Morgana King. I mean this as high praise." —Gerry Geddes
Although many vocalists have included torch singing in their repertoire, few have made it a specialty as has Abigail Rockwell. With her breathy, smoky voice and sultry demeanor, she is most reminiscent of Julie London. What Rockwell brings to this table of torch is poetry." —Marilyn Lester
Abigail comes from a family of artists. Her biography is in her work.
All I could think of was the guy with the saxophone and what he was playing. It wasn't a love song anymore, it was a dirge." —Detour, 1945
1 Summer Me, Winter Me 3:52
2 Libertango 3:22
3 Slow Burn 4:06
4 So In Love 4:04
5 Miss Brown To You 4:09
6 Autumn 3:49
7 Almost Blue/The Thrill Is Gone 4:50
8 Am I Blue 3:54
9 Summer Erotic 3:48
10 Voodoo Swing 3:06
11 Lane Closed 3:44
12 I Wish You Love 5:00
Abigail Rockwell: vocals
Quinn Johnson: keys
Kevin Winard: drums, percussion
Robert Mitchum: bass
With Harry Allen, Jim Hynes, Mauro Refosco and Davi Vieira, Bernd Schoenhart, David Mann, Bob Mann and Bill Brendle.