Mercedes Nicole | Beautiful Alignment

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Beautiful Alignment

by Mercedes Nicole

Rich with Rhythm, Soul, and Sass Mercedes has a voice that lingers! Beautiful Alignment falls into that ‘just can’t get enough of’ category of great Jazz! Mercedes is provocative, yet innocent, and emotionally dynamic! Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Feeling Good
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2. Afro Blue Intro
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3. Afro Blue
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4. Blackberry Winter
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5. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
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6. God Bless the Child
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7. My Heart Is Dancing
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8. Breathe Again
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9. Blue Skies
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10. Timeless
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11. Good Morning Heartache
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12. Hiding
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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!


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C. Michael Bailey

Mercedes Nicole: Beautiful Alignment (2013)
Soft –spoken Mercedes Nicole has an intimate and alluring stage presence that reaches out beyond the limits of time and space. Her voice is haunting and arresting, wrapping itself like a comforter around the human experience, encouraging uplift, seeking not only triumph but healing. She is that exquisite mix of a Mezzo- Soprano & Contralto blend that permeates and interrupts one's thoughts. Often with uncanny control...she lingers.

Her own compositions acknowledge life’s obscure and melancholy moments that so easily turn into beauty, and life journeys of the many faces of love. Her music exudes strength in the midst of tenderness and often soars so freely that the listener is caught up on wings of mystery and intrigue. It makes sense then that her influences run from Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn to Nina Simone and the queen of storytelling, Nancy Wilson, with whom Mercedes shares her birthday.

Jane Bakken

Magnetic Music
Mercedes Nicole ~ Magnetic Music
This is a most beautiful album. I started listening in my car, and find I am driving only with this CD playing! Breathe Again is my most favorite, but they are all delicious! Whether listening to one of the well-known standards, or one of her originals, you will no doubt find yourself wrapped in this Ocean of beautiful sound that comes from the depths of Mercedes' soul. It is rare nowdays for a recording artist/musician to bare her soul in this manner, but Mercedes shares the gift of her journey through all her music and as a result, touches all with the magnetism of her music!