Nicolas Bearde's new album "Invitation"
produced and arranged by Nat Adderley Jr.
released January 29th, 2016!!
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On "Invitation", Nicolas' fifth solo outing on the Right Groove imprint, he comes out swinging with both fee firmly planted in the straight ahead jazz milieu.
Produced largely by pianist, composer Nat Adderley Jr. - son of trumpet/cornetist, Nat Adderley Sr., (and nephew of sax legend, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley) "Invitation" deftly satisfies with finely wrought vocal interpretations of nine Jazz classics. Bearde's "buttery baritone"...." delivers in the tradition of legendary song stylists such as Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, Lou Rawls and Jon Lucien while maintaining his own unique approach to this bristling set.
**** JAZZ TIMES by Christopher Loudon - March issue 2016
"Where Jazz intersects soul, there are few more satisfying stylists than Nicolas Bearde, a richly impressive amalgam of Bill Withers and Billy Eckstine."
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"He's sung with McFerrin and acted with Eastwood - Bearde taps into music's deeper currents, where love, desire and heartache freely intermingle" - Andrew Gilbert - San Jose Mercury News
"Bearde amazes with a sparkling vocal dexterity - Brian Soergal - Smooth Jazz
Nicolas Bearde is the embodiment of taking that old school sound and making it new cool with "Visions" running the sonic spectrum of vocal artistry and lyrical unpredictability - Brent Black - Critical Jazz
Commercial without being bloodless, Bearde and his pals, jazz cats Alphonso Johnson, Will Kennedy, Marcus Shelby, Bill Ortiz and others, know how to serve up the jazz vocal sides in mighty fine style - Chris Spector -Midwest Record Review
A deeply soulful voice...A uniquely versatile entertainer" - Bobby McFerrin
'Bearde teases the listener with his aural foreplay and romantic verse" - The London Journal
“Nicolas Bearde has a powerful musical presence that touches each and every person in the audience. His singing makes you feel the emotions of the music”...John Handy
Bearde is the definitive jazz romantic...he brings a tenderness and delicacy to his songs that deftly avoids maudlin interpretations”...Ron Saranich - Cosmic Debris
“Sophisticated jazzy soul that sends the hardcore into a state of pronounced delirium”...Dean Johnson - Soulvation Magazine, London, UK
“Bearde has managed to put out one of the best soul-jazz albums of the year”...Chris Wells - Echoes, London, UK
“All About Love” is packed with romantic ballads that are “fresh and unpretentious”...Cafe Jazzz - Toronto, Canada
“Totally romantic, totally smooth, totally delightful...memorable melodies, engaging lyrics, and top-notch arrangements... Scott O'Brien - SmoothJazz.com
“Nicolas Bearde has a voice like velvet and the composing skills to match”...Sounds of Timeless Jazz