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“Bearde is the definitive jazz romantic...he brings a tenderness and delicacy to his songs that deftly avoids maudlin interpretations”
“His gorgeously sung takes on late night dim-the- lights romancing are fresh and unpretentious”
“Bearde teases the listener with his aural foreplay and romantic verse”
“Sophisticated jazzy soul that sends the hardcore into a state of pronounced delirium”
“Bay Area singer Nicolas Bearde, an alumnus of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, sounds like a soul-drenched Mark Murphy with a dash of Sinatra swagger. In other words, there’s little similarity between Bearde and butterscotch-smooth baritone Lou Rawls. But tribute albums, or at least the better among the persistently popular genre, are less about mimicry than they are about capturing the essence of the honoree and the zeitgeist of the musical era in which he flourished. On both counts, Bearde does admirably, if not entirely, well. Bearde effectively channels the younger Rawls’ ability to blur the lines between jazz, soul and blues. The songs—“The Girl From Ipanema,”,“The Shadow of Your Smile,” “God Bless the Child,” “I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water”—are more strongly associated with other singers, but Rawls made each his own, and Bearde ably demonstrates how. Of the iconic Rawls hits, only one, the buttery “Lady Love,” gets full-length treatment.”