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Carrie Wicks

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552212525
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Catalog number: OA2 22125
Releasedate: 30-10-15
- Seattle vocalist Carrie Wicks presents a new set of original songs that complement the three accompaning classics: Bob Dorough's "Small Day Tomorrow," Van Heusen and Burke's "It Could Happen To You," and Ellington's "Solitude."

 - featuring the same trio as on her prior recordings: pianist Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson on bass and Byron Vannoy on drums

"...a skilled vocalist, top-notch in her phrasing and intonation, but she also possesses an ineffable "something extra" that's both compelling and engaging...Carrie Wicks proves herself a very convincing storyteller." - All About Jazz. 


 
Reaching deep into a space of quiet joy and beauty, tinged with bit of melancholy, Seattle vocalist Carrie Wicks presents a new set of original songs that complement lyrically and melodically the three accompaning classics, Bob Dorough's "Small Day Tomorrow," Van Heusen and Burke's "It Could Happen To You," and Ellington's "Solitude." Featuring the same superb, simpatico trio as her prior two recordings, pianist Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson on bass, and drummer Byron Vannoy provide a comfortable, warmly swinging enviroment for Wicks' lyrics to shine. "Stripping away artifice until it's bare, raw, yet dignified is a characteristic unique to this unique artist. That's called character. Billie Holiday had it. Jim Morrison did too. So does Carrie Wicks." - The Examiner.
When Carrie Wicks steps onto the stage, her shy, demure manner gives you the impression that she just came from her day job as a librarian. Then she counts her band off, closes her eyes, and proceeds to mellifluously swing her butt off, unassumingly drawing the audience in all the while. Her tone puts to mind the perfect glass of earthy, red wine coupled with the most luxurious piece of dark chocolate at the end of a long day. At ease and unhurried, she meanders in and out of a medium swing, taking notice of every detail, seemingly to lag a mile behind the beat to examine the intricacies of an embellished chord, only to magically appear right in time without missing a step. 

During her first vocal jazz workshop, over a decade ago, Ms. Wicks had a lightbulb moment and has continued to pursue her passion for the study of vocal jazz since then with the finest jazz musicians from Seattle and beyond. She has performed at Cafe Campagne, Lottie's Lounge, Egan's, Lucid, St. Cloud's, 611 Supreme, the Sorrento Hotel as well as Tula's, Columbia City Theater, and the Triple Door.