MARIA NECKAM - DEEPER



Singer/songwriter Maria Neckam has a bright, sunny voice well suited to her brand of emo-jazz and like her peers, Gretchen Parlato, Kate McGarry and Rebecca Martin, she eschews standards and songbook covers for a playlist of solid, original tunes.  A New York transplant from Austria, Neckam draws from a circle of friends noted in the liner notes (name checking some of the best jazz musicians on the scene). Here she partners with the busy pianist Aaron Goldberg, a terrific accompanist and an intensely tuneful musician on his own albums (“Home” is his recent and best album), along with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Colin Stranahan who alternates between rock and blues based beats that give Neckam’s songs added oomph. She’s radiantly exuberant on the poppy “Happy Song,” singing with a touch of swagger, “When happiness knocks on your door, you better let it in, take its hand and dance.”  Neckam’s best song and the jazziest in tone and execution is “Fear” and it aligns her voice with saxophonists Lars Dietrich and Samir Zarif over a staccato rhythm propelled by the drums.  Her elastic tell-it-like-it-is vocals give way to an outstanding tenor solo by Zarif who scores with pin wheeling notes and he gives this tune its requisite edge.  www.marianeckam.com



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JAZZ IN SPACE: MARIA NECKAM - DEEPER

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MARIA NECKAM - DEEPER



Singer/songwriter Maria Neckam has a bright, sunny voice well suited to her brand of emo-jazz and like her peers, Gretchen Parlato, Kate McGarry and Rebecca Martin, she eschews standards and songbook covers for a playlist of solid, original tunes.  A New York transplant from Austria, Neckam draws from a circle of friends noted in the liner notes (name checking some of the best jazz musicians on the scene). Here she partners with the busy pianist Aaron Goldberg, a terrific accompanist and an intensely tuneful musician on his own albums (“Home” is his recent and best album), along with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Colin Stranahan who alternates between rock and blues based beats that give Neckam’s songs added oomph. She’s radiantly exuberant on the poppy “Happy Song,” singing with a touch of swagger, “When happiness knocks on your door, you better let it in, take its hand and dance.”  Neckam’s best song and the jazziest in tone and execution is “Fear” and it aligns her voice with saxophonists Lars Dietrich and Samir Zarif over a staccato rhythm propelled by the drums.  Her elastic tell-it-like-it-is vocals give way to an outstanding tenor solo by Zarif who scores with pin wheeling notes and he gives this tune its requisite edge.  www.marianeckam.com



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