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People Are Talking

by Mercedes Nicole

Wonderful, lyrical stories of love, joy, surrender, challenge, and provocation! This is certainly a collection of 'Quiet Fire.' Mercedes draws you into her inner most private journeys with rich, warm vocals, and layers of intrigue. Fine Jazz!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Would You Believe
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2. Moondance
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3. Touching the Sky (Radio Edit)
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4. People Are Talking
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5. Autumn in New York
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6. Dindi
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7. All the Little Ponies (Remembering Oso)
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8. I Loves You Porgy
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9. Fly Me to the Moon
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10. Chicken, Biscuits & Gravy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"People Are Talking" captures those moments in my life when I have become keenly aware of relationships and journeys of my heart. There's that venerability that keeps fans coming back and wanting more...that yearning, that learning, and that loving...that I love share because I have to.

In this CD I come close, singing from a deep well of knowing, and rivers of wondering about 'why' any of us experience love, despite all odds. There's humor, wisdom, reverence on the track "Hush-A-Bye" .

I was profoundly touched by 15 year old Molly Conley was gunned down by a complete stranger here in Washington State as she waited in the park with friends to celebrate her 16th birthday. I could barely sing as I recorded this...I also was mourning the 43 who lost their lives when the city of OSO collapsed because of torrential rains... a whole neighborhood was gone in seconds. There was so much stillness in the studio...you could hear my heart beat. And in that profound quiet, Gregory Smith moved right into "I Loves You a Porgy" with a tenderness that made my heart soar.

"Would you believe" kicks off this Album the way women do...we tell stories, we convince ourselves...and sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry...but we're resilient. Working with the Veteran and gifted Pianist Darin Clendenin & Bassist Clipper Anderson was a complete joy! Susan Oascal on the Vibes was added that extra punch! All three of them have styles of pure Artistry and perfection! They made the process a furiously fun journey! It would have been hard for me to trust (Fly Me To The Moon, Autumn In New York) these Great American Standards to anyone else.

For added flavor I asked two Brilliant Horn players to join me, Darren Motamady on flute on Van Morrison "Moon Dance" and Alexey Nikolaev Tenor Saxophone on "People are Talking" the two of them just makes you want to dance, and hold that special someone close.

Chicken Biscuits and Gravy, is a tribute to my mama's cooking...and you'll smile, and if not laugh out loud!

Lastly, My co- Writer & second Pianist on this project, Gregory Smith- Graduate from Cornish Institute.. collaborated with me in writing "Touching The Sky" it captures and explores the many layers of loving, from a position of strength, as well as passion....we hope you enjoy it as much as we loved writing it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Enjoy the music!

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magic_karl

A great jazz musician who sings to your heart
It is really my fortunate for me that i by occationally heard her songs of Blackberry Winter, for many many years that i never get myself touched to tears by a song, especially a jazz song, you won't find how amazing a single song can just bring to you.
And the song Afro Blue is just like a naughty girl bring you back to smile again. Relaxing and enjoyble, i will say all music lovers, don't miss them all.
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Rick Jamm

A Genuine Gem In Today's Musical Spectrum
Recently we ran into her latest single release, “Touching The Sky” and followed it up by browsing through some of the songs from her CD “People Are Talking”. The album contains 6 covers, 3 original songs and 1 prayer. We discovered that Mercedes is a genuine gem amongst the clutter composing today’s musical spectrum. Thank goodness she’s faithful to her remarkable vocal stylings.
Talent aplenty, Ms. Nicole’s voice and delivery strikes your memory in familiar ways. Comparison to world-famous blues and jazz females are tempting, perhaps justified. Nonetheless, Ms. Nicole is never derivative but rather refreshingly comfortable in an all-new manner. Mercedes Nicole is also smart enough to work superb material. On her CD “People Are Talking”, she easily interprets standards by such great tunesmiths as Van Morrison, Vernon Duke, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and George Gershwin into her own repertoire.

The first time you hear Ms. Nicole you make the assumption: this is some legendary great from the past in some glorious newly re-mastered recording you have never heard before. You’re a little surprised when you’re wrong and more than a little intrigued – this is Mercedes Nicole, who in her own quiet, unassuming way is as much bigger than life as any of her peers.

I have a passion for female jazz vocalists and track hundreds of them, known and unknown. Simply put, Mercedes Nicole is a superb and moving singer, the real deal, with her own voice, which is as smooth and rich as aged single-malt scotch over ice. Her phrasing is dead-on and there isn’t a single clunker in her catalog.
Her songs are arranged and performed with a subtlety, restraint and intelligence that throw into marked prominence the deficiencies of modern-day poseurs who sing a variety of songs in a jazz-inflected style but embody disingenuousness with every breath. Listen beyond the superficial similarities, to Holiday, Fitzgerald and Vaughn, and you’ll hear in Mercedes Nicole a singer who is plugged into the essence of what elevates the jazz art form: simple, direct expression, and no reliance on overtly forced technique.

Ms. Nicole’s husky mellow tone elicits a tender blend of romance, vulnerability and sensuality, giving her a style of her own. And it is most evident on her original compositions like “People Are Talking”, accompanied beautifully by Alexey Nikolaev’s saxophone, and the melancholic, yet uplifting “Touching The Sky”. She has an effortless palette of notes she moves through with a pitch perfect and low resonant delectability, which can be admired on the bluesy “Chicken Biscuits & Gravy”, another original composition.

Ms. Nicole is also ably assisted by some talent musicians, including Piano – Darin Clendenin – Gregory Smith, Bass – Clipper Anderson, Drums – D’Vonne Lewis – Jamael Nance – Don Gunn, Cello – William Smith, Guitar – Steve Peterson, Vibes – Susan Pascal.

From classic standards to original compositions, Mercedes Nicole’s voice and timing of her words and music brings us a fresh clear view of life and takes us to an earlier time. If you love great female vocals, singing great songs, this lady and her CD “People Are Talking”, will stand up to anything you have ever heard…by anyone. Trust me, I know from experience.
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