Beautiful Alignment was recorded on what would be Billy Holiday's 88th birthday in a State Of The Art Recording Studio, Sophiahat in Seattle Washington. It is an Album rich with lush vocals with a splash of World rhythm! Mercedes moves the listener through a melodic journey of emotions ...being loved, loving, & letting go. The Pianist Marc Seales delicate, harmonic sweeps arouse intense emotions, yet at times is beautifully playful! Thomas Marriott's Trumpet solo's are so clear and riveting that they take you on an emotional journey, & you find yourself drifitng far away! The passionate playing of Bassist Evan Flory is deliciously seductive and the dexterity of Drummer D'Vonne Lewis will excite all your senses!
Mercedes Nicole's sings with such tenderness & intensity that those classics from the Great American Songbook are nothing like you've ever heard before. Nicole's originals with her co- writer Peter Tomack capture the struggles of love & loving, mirroring I am sure just about every lovers soul! C. Michael Bailey says, "Mercedes's approach is simple, "Make simple, uncomplicated music with a distilled band playing refined arrangements.... "doing more with less to produce the infinite!" June 27th 2013 "All About Jazz Magazine
Beautiful Alignment is truly the Soulful Face Of Acoustic Jazz!