Chilled out fresh jazzy steelpan and sexy interludes with soothing vocals and accents of saxophone, flute and guitar are some of the flavors of Bickley Rivera’s Nujazz music. The way this artist infuses steelpan (or steeldrum) with smooth jazz is groundbreaking.
Bickley's recent release of "Chillin' After Five" album features guest appearances from national and international recording artists: world-beat saxophonist/flutist Praful, (Smooth Jazz #1 hit "Sigh"); Magrus Borges, drummer for recording artist Bebel Gilberto; saxophonist Ed Calle, and more. The album is sold and heard on radio in over 50 countries worldwide. Tracks are featured on Muzak, The Weather Channel, hotels and spas in Switzerland and other commercial venues.
There’s no mistaking Bickley’s mellow sounds of the steelpan and her velvet vocals, a style she developed because she knew that “the steel pan had more to say than just Caribbean island notes. The instrument's acceptance as a solo instrument has begun, and it’s time for fans to experience its full beauty."
Jonathon Widran, Music and Entertainment Journalist: “the eclectic artist takes the pans into a more mainstream pop-jazz context with more exotic twists than the limes on the tropical bar counter. It’s great to hear independent music that’s this accessible yet bold and original, melodic and grooving like great smooth jazz should be but with such unique instrumentation.”
Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Ride publication: Bickley's music has "a groove that just says 'chill,' " and "this new, attractive young artist shows us that she knows her way around not only the pans and keys but how to comfortably intermingle her style with the type of magnetic magic that has propelled other artists with a vision to produce a solo signature touch ".
Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy and Solar Radio: “With a brand of music that she describes as ‘Nujazz & Chillout’, but which in reality is where smooth jazz meets chill, she has come up with a great collection of eleven original compositions and one fabulous cover that overall cannot fail to get her noticed.”
Bickley performs in the US and Caribbean with her Island act, and is scheduled to tour Europe 2011 with jazz group, Women In Jazz South Florida.