The evolution of jazz has taken many complicated and unexpected turns.... but there are many things that were meant to stay the same. Jazz vocals fall into the latter category. Abigail Riccards Shows a deep respect and dedication to this particular form. Her trueness to the sound of jazz vocals is what will put her in the forefront of today’s female artists. From the beginning of her first release, When the Night is New, Abigail’s voice captures you and has you captivated with a smooth, stylish, almost hypnotizing sound. There is no escaping the feeling that this is what she was meant to do.
Her first selection on this recording draws you in and makes you want more. She delivers on every song: her classic vocal styling keep you holding on to every note. With songs by such legendary composers as Rogers and Hammerstein, Ray Noble, Cole Porter, and more recent work by Sting, Abigail shows that not only can she cover a lot of ground, but she can do it with grace and maintain the original character of each piece.
As far as a first project goes, usually used as a tool to find where a musician’s strongest points are, and test the borders of one’s abilities, Miss Riccards has certainly shown versatility and skill in choices of not only music, but the musicians that accompany her.
She is all but destined to succeed and become one of the all-time great female vocalists, and I look forward to hearing more from this talented young lady. Bravo, Abigail!