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Nicole HENRY With Eddie HIGGINS Trio – Teach Me Tonight 2004

Posted in Eddie HIGGINS, JAZZ, Nicole HENRY on December 20, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Nicole HENRY With Eddie HIGGINS Trio – Teach Me Tonight 2004


An even deeper jazz set than Nicole Henry’s first album — recorded with the Eddie Higgins Trio, and done in a style that’s traditional, yet extremely soulful! There’s a sound here that reminds us a lot of Carmen Lundy — as Nicole’s singing jazz, but doing so in a mode that’s never draped with any of the torchy cliches of other singers — and which is as informed by a history of soul music as it is more standard influences from jazz. The recording quality is great — thanks to the top-shelf Venus Records standards — and titles include “Summer Wind”, “Angel Eyes”, “Young At Heart”, “Teach Me Tonight”, “Lover Come Back To Me”, “Cry Me A River”, and “Blame It On My Youth”.
From Dusty Groove.
I took a chance buying this CD as I had not heard Ms. Henry before, but I am a big Eddie Higgins fan. The trio provides excellent accompaniment as expected, and I enjoyed the tune selection. The vocal performance was good, but not exceptional. Ms. Henry seems more comfortable in the upper register, and her throat sometimes sounds tight, almost like nervousness. I liked the music more the second time through, which I thought was promising. At this time, Ms. Henry seems to lean more toward Whitney Houston than Ella, and may eventually find her niche in pop. Overall, a good effort and pleasant music that makes me curious about the direction Ms. Henry will take from here.
I first heard Nicole Henry sing at my church in Hollywood, FL. Her voice gave me chills as it was angelic and powerful. Since then I have been following her music and although I did not think she could get any better than the first time I heard her perform, to my amazement she does. Anyone who loves to be inspired by a pure vocalist with talent beyond ones imagination should at the very least listen to this amazing vocalist sing one song and after that I am sure you will want all of her albums.
By Tina M. Burns.
For the second week in a row, the CD collaboration with the Eddie Higgins Trio is #1 on Japan’s HMV Vocal Jazz Best Seller Chart. It also finds itself at #5 on the All-Around Jazz Best Seller Chart. (It debuted last week at #2.) A Venus Records release, this CD features Nicole Henry as vocalist, Eddie Higgins on piano, Jay Leonhardt on bass, and Joe Ascione on drums. “Teach Me Tonight” was recorded in NYC by producers Todd Barkan and Tetsuo Hara, and was released March 23, 2005 in Japan. The release is being reinforced with a 2-week, 10-city tour by Nicole Henry. Last night in Osaka, Japan, Nicole Henry wrapped the first leg of the tour with the Eddie Higgins Trio, and the upcoming week will find Henry with New York’s Janice Friedman on piano and a Japanese rhythm section.

This is the second CD Nicole Henry has released in Japan. The first CD, “The Nearness of You” (Banister Records, U.S./Norma Music, Japan) was Nicole’s debut as a solo artist. It peaked at #2 in Japan for four weeks, second only to Norah Jones, and it stayed in the top 10 sales chart for over four months. Stateside, “The Nearness of You” reached #27 on the Jazz Week radio chart. The past year created many special appearances for Henry including the Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Jazz Octet, as well as the Rainbow Room with the Cab Calloway Orchestra.

Once back in the U.S., Henry will return to the studio to record for a second release on Banister Records and will return to domestic performances. Expect the second Banister Records release in mid-August, as well as a return tour to Japan August 21.
From AAJ.
Nicole Henry- Vocal
Eddie Higgins- Piano
Jay Leonhart- Bass
Joe Ascione- Drums
01. Lover Come Back To Me (3:57)
02. Blue Skies (3:30)
03. Teach Me Tonight (4:39)
04. Blame It On My Youth (5:15)
05. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (3:43)
06. Angel Eyes (7:01)
07. Summer Wind (3:57)
08. Cry Me A River (6:00)
09. Night And Day (3:51)
10. You Don’t Know What Love Is (5:42)
11. ‘S Wonderful (3:33)
12. Young At Heart (3:37)
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Nicole HENRY – The Nearness of You 2004

Posted in JAZZ, Nicole HENRY on December 10, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Nicole HENRY – The Nearness of You 2004


Nicole Henry’s beautiful and distinctive voice continues to gain fans around the world. She has been awarded “Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2005” and “Best New Jazz Artist of 2004” by HMV/Japan, sharing their annual awards with other renowned artists such as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jane Monheit and Joshua Redman. The Nearness of You, her debut CD released in 2004 for the U.S. and Japan, ranked #2 on HMV’s Jazz Charts in Japan, second only to Norah Jones, and remained in the TOP 10 for over three months. It also reached #27 on the JazzWeek U.S. radio charts. Her March 2005 CD project with the Eddie Higgins Trio, Teach Me Tonight, was released in Japan and Korea and spent three weeks at #1 on the HMV Jazz Charts, 11 weeks in the Top 10.

Henry’s voice “aims for the emotional center” as she commands and captures the complete attention of the audience, telling real stories while also bringing a sense of ‘joie de vivre.’ She’s performed at the Rainbow Room with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Jazz Octet; at jazz festivals including the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; for the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh; at jazz clubs such as The Dakota in Minneapolis and Arturo Sandoval’s Jazz Club in Miami; throughout central Mexico with her tribute concert to Billie Holiday; for senators and congressional representatives at the Democratic National Convention and the Congressional Black Caucus; at numerous private engagements and fundraisers; and for charitable causes benefiting Arts Education and AIDS awareness with organizations such as: AIDS Alliance, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, I Have a Dream Foundation, and the Black AIDS Organization; and she often acts as a guest speaker for school children. She’s also performed in Korea, Japan, Mexico and London and been interviewed, highly reviewed, and mentioned by such media as Swing Journal, Prairie Home Companion,, Sirius Satellite Radio, DownBeat, All About Jazz, XM Satellite Radio, L.A. Jazz Scene and more. She’s shared the stage with music legends such as Isaac Hayes, Kenny Werner, Jennifer Holliday, Sammy Figueroa, Johnny O’Neal, Nicholas Peyton, Eric Alexander, Joan Osborne, Roberta Flack and Tom Scott to name a few. As Swing Journal stated, “…Nicole sings with such power and emotion. She has a big future ahead of her.” In her recordings, and during any of her live performances, you feel that power and you feel that emotion that emerges sincerely from her heart.

Also an actress and spokesperson, Nicole is the host and producer of the music segment of Miami’s PBS show ‘ArtStreet’ on WLRN-TV. As a lead, her acting skills have been featured on national television campaigns for Verizon Wireless, Amtrak, McDonald’s, Air Jamaica, Rite Aid Pharmacies, Hershey’s Swoops, Sears Optical and others.

Creating fans immediately, this world-class performer’s presence, classic elegance, infectious energy, sexy appeal, and honest interpretations make for a truly moving experience. Poised to impact international audiences, Nicole Henry will touch you and tell a story like none other…
She has a potent voice, and her interpretive sense is sharp and distinctive. Henry aims right for the emotional center…(she) seems to have a natural feel for how to shape lyrics, and her intonation is effortlessly bluesy. Listen to her …and you’ll hear an artist who knows how to make a song her own just as surely as she knows how to make a tune swing… one comes away believing that Henry is a jazz vocalist poised on the cusp of bigger things.
By Philip Van Vleck.
Nicole Henry- Vocals
Mike Orta- Piano
Paul Shewchuk- Bass
Danny Burger- Drums
01. Summertime 5:35
02. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine 3:44
03. That Old Black Magic 3:12
04. The Nearness of You 5:47
05. Fly to the Moon 3:29
06. Get Here 4:36
07. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To 2:25
08. You’re Looking at Me 6:19
09. My Love Is 4:52
10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow 4:59
11. Cheek to Cheek 3:36
12. Imagine 4:58

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