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Maria Neckam's "Maryland" | Crossing and Blending

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Crossing and Blending

by Maria Neckam's "Maryland"

“It wasn’t just the unaffected clarity or refreshing timbre of her voice, nor her remarkable range that captured my imagination; it was the fearless integrity of her musical ideas.” -Jazz.com
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kleine Einsicht
5:30 $0.99
2. Blue Birds
5:26 $0.99
3. Hidden Dragon
3:58 $0.99
4. My One and Only Love
3:50 $0.99
5. November
4:55 $0.99
6. This Music
5:19 $0.99
7. Lovesong (for the crazy)
3:39 $0.99
8. 55
5:16 $0.99
9. When You're Gone
3:51 $0.99
10. Connected
4:24 $0.99
11. My Mind
4:54 $0.99
12. Wer Liebt
5:03 $0.99
13. Crossing and Blending
3:55 $0.99
14. Beauty Everywhere
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Maria\'s voice is one of those you either love or hate, and so is her music. Uncompromising in her musical approach as well as performance she hits truth right at it\'s core and strikes a chord in you ... Her clear, airy sound has been compared to that of angels as well as wind instruments, the latter referring to her use of it as well - Maria sings like an instrumentalist plays. This is also reflected in her use of lyrics, as she states her point in an abstract way, making space for everyone\'s own story in hers. Her compositions are as diverse as life\'s surprises, merging modern Jazz with Drum N\'Bass and Rock grooves as well as Indian and Classical music. You can hear Stravinsky as well as Björk in it, Billie Holiday and Debussy, Nikhil Banerjee and Ani DiFranco, … but most of all, Maria Neckam.

“It wasn\'t just the unaffected clarity or refreshing timbre of her voice, nor her remarkable range that captured my imagination; it was the fearless integrity of her musical ideas.”

“She writes quirky, provoking, poetic lyrics.“

“I would say that, if you have an extensive Britney Spears record collection, you\'re not likely to be a huge fan. For the rest of us, there\'s no denying the purity of her pipes or the control of her technique.”

(Bill Barnes, Jazz.com)

\"Her supple, reedy voice hits the notes clearly and has that wonderful quality of articulating syllables as notes rather than words“

\"Crossing and Blending\" is an ambitious debut that ranges through the breadth of her stylistic tropes and suggests that she\'s going to be a special voice.“
(John Swenson, Off Beat Magazine)



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Antero Nord

The World State on a Disc
In today's music scene, originality is a often mentioned dogma, yet seldom realized as prescribed. Luckily, Maryland, with its leading vocalist and composer Maria Neckam offers exactly what the jazz longs for: The new CD “Crossing and Blending” contains as original and heartfelt expression as their DNA. The music activates the listener to participate and almost contribute to the world which the members of the group have created. At the same time, this music is groovy, easy and non-pastiche. It puts forth the new world order in which borders are more diluted than ever, ranging from such European classical titans as György Ligeti to celebrated songwriters such as Burt Bacharach, not forgetting an inviting tabla solo on “55”, one of the world music influenced tracks on this outing.

It wouldn't make sense to distinguish individual abilities or contributions apart from Ms. Neckam's vocal stylings and compositional skills; the group is working as one unit portraying the leader's visions with sublime effects on the improvisational medium. Few artists possess the seamless combination of spontaneity and compositional architecture as Maria Neckam. She is able to run away to never-heard-of meadows, and come back to an organized reality as if there was no border in between.

Overall, Crossing and Blending offers great music, but moreover it portrays the state of the world. As musicians have often proven to be ahead of their time, this time Crossing and Blending gives hope for a more unified world than ever before.

– Antero Nord, www.scandinavianmusic.net


amazing cd!
Maria's music is some of the most original music I have heard in a long time. From the first note you can clearly identify that it is her. Her voice has such a warm clear tone, which blends so well with the ensemble. Not only is her talent as a vocalist remarkable, but her compositions reveal her strong and unique approach to music. Each of these songs have strong personality, and most importantly a story!!!!! The album is one of those you have to listen to start to end. It's hard to compare Maria to other artist or well known albums we have all heard. You can hear the influences she has experienced, but there is so much originality in her music. Maria and her music stand alone. I am very excited to see whats next from Maria Neckam!!!