Vocalist & composer celebrates a fresh and vibrant take on the Jazz vocal tradition
New York, NY: Nicky Schrire
, a vocalist and composer with a “warm, honey-rich voice” (Peter Eldridge) will release her debut album, ‘Freedom Flight’ on May 22, 2012 via Circavision Productions. The album includes eleven tracks that Schrire both arranged and produced. Two of the tracks (“Journey” and “Ode To A Folk Song”) are original songs that are complimented by an array of classics including Lennon/McCartney’s “Freedom Flight/Blackbird”, Loudon Wainwright III
’s “The Swimming Song”, James Taylor
’s “Shower The People” and Bob Dylan
’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”.
Schrire is backed by Nick Paul
(piano), Sam Anning
(bass), Jake Goldbas
(drums/percussion), Paul Jones
(tenor saxophone), Jay Rattman
(clarinet), Brian Adler
(percussion) and Peter Eldridge
(piano/vocals). Having recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music’s revered masters program, the 25 year-old London-born and South African raised vocalist has compiled a collection of songs that are unified by Schrire’s distinct mark as an arranger and interpreter.
“There’s a variety of music from wide-ranging sources and influences,” Schrire stated about ‘Freedom Flight’. “But there’s definitely a common thread - due either to my hand in the interpretations of the songs, or to the presence of the musicians who play such a big role in bringing what I hear to life. Their input has been invaluable. I feel like this album is representative of my generation’s understanding of the jazz genre; the term “jazz” is constantly evolving and growing to incorporate other styles like pop, rock, folk, etc. We’re not “boxed in”. At the end of the day, it’s all music and what is important is that it makes you feel something.” Schrire will be performing a special album release concert / gig on Wednesday, June 6 at Cornelia Street Café in NYC at 8:30pm.
Nicky Schrire ‘Freedom Flight’
- Freedom Flight / Blackbird” (McCartney, Lennon)
- Journey" (Schrire)
- Cosmic Love" (Welch, Summers)
- If Ever I Would Leave You” (Lerner, Loewe)
- Ode To A Folk Song" (Schrire)
- Sleep Away" (Pia de Vito, Linx)
- “The Swimming Song" (Wainwright)
- E Preciso Perdoar" (Luz, Costa)
- Me, The Mango Picker" (Mombelli)
- Shower The People" (Taylor)
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right" (Dylan)
Nicky Schrire - vocals
Nick Paul - piano
Sam Anning - bass
Jake Goldbas - drums/percussion
Paul Jones - tenor saxophone (5, 11)
Jay Rattman - clarinet (6, 9)
Brian Adler - percussion (7)
Peter Eldridge - piano (4), vocals (10)
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