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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Talent for Now And The Future, 25 Feb 2011
This is a terrific album by a great emerging artist. You will likely be pleased with the album and seeing Nikki in person if you get the chance. There is a positive, uniform response worldwide to this album. No artist or piece of work can please everyone. She recently sang solo for Barbara Streisand at the Musicares Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Backing her on piano was no less than Herbie Hancock, who commented that she "came through with flying colours.". Quincy Jones loves her and Tony Bennet said Nikki is the most talented singer since Judy Garland. This U.K Amazon site right now seems to present a small minority viewpoint that "Nikki" somehow offends jazz traditionalists. The paragraph review above from Amazon has some good things to say, but is critical of Nikki as "grating," "over-coached," and "succumbing to scatting" and a mash-up version of Sunny Side of the Street. These are just the things that endear her to many. Her scatting is impeccable, and in the finest tradition of Ella Fitgerald, whom Nikki idolizes. Scatting in jazz is a wonderful use of the human voice and few have ever had the talent to do it. For a better take on Nikki, look at the reviews for this album and her DVD "Live in Montreal" on the USA Amazon site-pretty much all 5 stars. Nikki is a pivotal figure for the future generations of jazz.