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Never Let Me Go

by Adele Nicols

This unassuming vocalist sings from the Great American Songbook with compelling authenticity. Adele delivers romantic but straight ahead renditions of classic jazz standards. A brilliant new vocalist with impeccable style and grace.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. Dearly Beloved
3:22 $0.99
2. Joy Spring
2:08 $0.99
3. Never Let Me Go
4:39 $0.99
4. I'm Old Fashioned
3:25 $0.99
5. Fly Me To The Moon
4:36 $0.99
6. You'd Be So Nice
6:54 $0.99
7. All Of You
3:34 $0.99
8. Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
4:05 $0.99
9. A Foggy Day
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10. My One And Only Love
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Album Notes
"Never Let Me Go" includes an exceptional lineup of musicians including but not limited to: bassist Scott Steed from Portland, Oregon, Sacramento guitarist Steve Homan, Pianist Al Plank from San Francico and Vermont's own Bruce Sklar. Live tunes and studio sessions. Improvisation at it's best.

KVMR Radio
Adele is brilliant...about as good as any living female jazz singer and better than most...an inspired singer with a seasoned style of her own.
--Len Gorsky

Berklee College of Music
"Nicols is a mega talent with an outrageous sensitivity to sound. Her enormous musical aptitude allows her to hear even the subtlest of nuances."--Craig Najjar, Former Faculty

"Nicols' passionate and fresh style awakens the listener to emotions of astonishing range."
--Hudson Young, recording artist/producer

Discover Jazz Festival
Adele Nicols is quickly being recognized as a fresh and innovative voice on the jazz scene. The passion she reveals intense and very real. This is an artist you'll definitely be hearing more about.
--Jimmy Swift, Discover Jazz Festival

"Never Let Me Go" is nothing if not compelling, with some of the greatest composers in jazz, including Clifford Brown, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern.
Like the artist herself, this debut CD is full of sensuality and surprise. Nicols has produced a first class album for a brand new Vermont Label, Polkadot Records. Three classic tunes are recorded live with a sextet and the other seven standards convey the intimacy of a trio and duo. Although "Never Let Me Go" is a soothing remedy for what ails you, don't be fooled. It's not cocktail hour. This girl can truly swing.

Nicols began training as a classical pianist at the age of seven and continued for five years. Then she stopped studying until at nineteen, during her junior year of college in Florence, Italy, she was lucky enough to have been mentored by master pianist and teacher, Vanda Scaravelli.

Two years later she moved to Tokyo, immersing herself into the art, music and traditional culture of Japan's rich heritage. There she began sitting in with jazz musicians as a vocalist at the "Shinjiku-Inn" and the "Pitt Inn".

Inspired and ready to work, she returned to America and settled in New Orleans. Here, Adele began studying with then Columbia Recording Artist, Ellis Marsalis, and soon got her first regular piano gig at the French Quarter's famous Fairmont Hotel.

In New Orleans she married and gave birth to two children. Her passion as a mother fueled her passion for singing (gotta calm those babies somehow!) and Nicols shifted her focus from playing piano to singing jazz standards. Although she would later return to the piano, she was quite successful as a jazz vocalist and her fan base acquired a life of its own.

Nicols' travel bug took her on the road again, this time to northern California. There she received private coaching from legendary vocalist, Mark Murphy, traveling 3 hours each way to study in his San Francisco home.

Giving birth to two more children Adele remained devoted to both motherhood and music. Though her marriage ended suddenly, the silver lining was that she was able to provide for her four children by gigging at night, and be a stay at home mom during the day. It was then that she studied jazz piano with Craig Najjar, formerly of Berklee College of Music, in an intensive two week 60 hour program designed just for Adele.

Three years later, Nicols moved her family across country one more time and settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She has just released her debut album, "Never Let Me Go." In Vermont she performs in festivals as well as select venues throughout New England.

Adele Nicols is a juried artist endorsed by the Vermont Arts Council. Her album is currently available for online purchase, including AdeleNicols.com, CDBaby.com, Tower.com, Amazon.com and Borders.com.



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Paul Watkins

Definition of Smooth: Adele
Listening to Adele makes me feel like I'm sitting in one of those sexy NYC Jazz Clubs you see in black & white movies from the 40'5 & 50's. You know, quiet, mellow, smoky looking (without really being smoky). Friends and lovers enjoying an evening out. Light conversations murmured in the background over drinks after dinner. The lights go dim. The spot comes up. And then. . .Adele. Class act.

Scott Carlin

Adele's silky smooth vocals soothe the soul
This is trully an elegant and top-notch jazz CD, deserving to be ranked among the greats. Every once in a while I stumble upon unexpected treats, and this is it! Adele's celestial voice leaves an indelible impression, and her songs have a way of running through my mind long after listening. My top pick for the year, this CD rarely leaves my CD player.

Seven Days Newspaper, Burlington, VT

as mellow and inviting as a cozy fire
While a CD of standard jazz tunes isn't the most original material for a debut album, Vermont-based singer Adele Nicols has a skill for infusing well-worn classics with a sense of wonder. With breezy charm and jazzy presentation, her interpretations of familiar tunes such as “All of You” and “Dearly Beloved” transport listeners to a less complicated world where it’s still possible to swing one’s troubles away.
Nicols' experience shows, and the warmth in her voice is as mellow and inviting as a cozy fire. The mood is reminiscent of Rick’s Place from Casablanca: Any second, in could walk the one you left behind in Paris, or Madrid, or Des Moines… or perhaps the one you haven’t met yet. The cheery “Joy Spring” could even help Vermonters through those subzero winter days we know so well.
Never Let Me Go doesn't break any rules, but that's not the point. As Nicols declares in her shimmering voice, "I'm old-fashioned but I don't mind."

Diane Pankow

never let me stop listening
I got this album over a year ago and liked it so much I purchased more to give out at a family reunion. Everyone, of all ages loves this recording. Would love more from this artist.

Jazz Society of Oregon

perfectly in tune
Just listen to her vocal take on Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring." Where many vocalists would somehow stray off key during the complex, bopping melody, Nicols takes it perfectly in tune while covering all the trills and turnarounds of the tune. The title track shows off the range of her voice, lilting into the high register with breathy focus.

Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com

Elegant, stylish, filled with charm...
Elegant, stylish, filled with charm...this best describes the lovely voice of Adele Nicols performing on NEVER LET ME GO. There is a straight-forward feel to her vocals that is enjoyable and satisfying to the ear. Two fine examples are her vocal renditions of the Cole Porter songs, "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" and "All Of You."
The ten songs on the CD are well worth your listening time.This lady can sing and entertain. Grab a copy and relax with some lovely performances!

Karen Adams

This album is in my "mellow" play list. Adele's voice is soothing. The jazz is orderly; the words clear and speaking to my soul.

Jennifer Mosko

Just Beautiful music for my ears..........
Wonderful soothing and soul lifting music and lyrics, left me wanting more. What a perfect voice for these perfect songs.

I. Halperin

Knowing and sentimental
Nicols' knowing and sentimental debut album deserves to be in the collection of all jazz lovers. Beautiful and timely, Nicols' entertaining array of standards keeps the listener happily involved throughout. Kudos to her amazing ensemble of musicians.

Times Argus

diva shines in jazzy debut
While one gets the sense that the best of
Adele Nicols may be yet to come, "Never Let Me Go" stands as a gorgeous introduction to a talented artist and an excellent collection that jazz fans will likely treasure for years to come. -- Tom Huntington
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