Archive for May 18th, 2010

Maria Neckam – Deeper

Originality is a key to gaining notice. Vocalist Maria Neckam attempts that with Deeper, a set of all-original songs on Sunnyside Records.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Neckam studied at the Manhattan School of Music and has worked with David Binney, The Mahavinshu Project and others. On this date, she’s accompanied by pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Colin Stanahan. Saxophonists Lars Dietrich (alto) and Samir Zarif (tenor) appear on selected tracks, and vocalist Peter Eldridge contributes to “I Remember.”

The title song starts the set. It’s a tranquil piece with subtle play on bass, piano and drums, complementing the alto flute-like vocal. The beauty comes through during a wordless vocal interlude. Stranahan punctuates key points during this sequence with rolls on the snare and toms, enhanced by splash and crash cymbals.

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