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Livia Devereux / Press

“Livia Devereux’s is a versatile soulful singer sounding luxuriatingly super-cozily at home with “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.” She likewise appears to be in a comfort zone with music from the worlds of pop and country. Night Winds Whisper is a plush pleasure from its ear-catching opener of Patsy Cline’s hit “Walkin’ After Midnight,” rethought as a darker, deeper moody blues number, to the last track, a gutsy groove lingering in the steadfast stance of the Arlen/ Mercer classic “Come Rain or Come Shine”. Unlike many, many younger singers who are new to me with early CDs, I can’t instantly identify who her strongest influence(s) may be, I expect they are many and eclectic. In any case, no cookie cutter assembly line type. There’s some R&B sound, jazz sensibilities, and more. I’m pulled in. This is song-painting/ mood-coloring at its best, getting a lot out of individual instruments’ assets: cello, sax, brass-without “taking turns.” ”

“Night Winds Whisper--clocking in at a mere twenty-five minutes--seems like more of a teaser than a full blown album, but vocalist Livia Devereux still manages to put her own stamp on some classics during this record's brief life span. One of the most intriguing aspects of Devereux's delivery is the way that she manages to infuse energy into material that is often placed in a different light. A case in point is her exuberant take on “Walkin' After Midnight” that opens the album. After a dreamy rubato introduction, with some shimmering piano work from Sarah Jane Cion, a brighter tempo comes into play. Devereux and saxophonist Ole Mathisen both have a snap in their step and radiate positive energy during this three-minute thrill ride. Night Winds Whisper goes well beyond the muted tone of the title, giving Livia Devereux a chance to show off her vocal prowess through passionate renderings of Great American Songbook material. ”

“This is one of those recordings that didn’t have to grow on me. Wowsers. It’s an eclectic mix of songs on this first solo recording – from a finger-poppin’ version of West Side Story’s “Tonight,” to Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” to the little-recorded Sammy Cahn-Bill Schluger track, “Welcome To My Love.” The mix is so varied, it bothered me a little at first, because I kept trying to figure out who Ms. Devereux sounds like. I heard a snippet of Nancy Wilson here, a little Bonnie Raitt there, and a little Robin McKelle for good measure. But finally, I set all of that aside, and decided that Ms. Devereux is a really, really good Livia Devereux. And that, my friends, is good stuff of the very highest order. I especially like the track with a full horn section – Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To.” If the recording was vinyl, I’d be worried about wearing it out by now. Well worth it. Highest recommendation for this gem.”

“Livia Devereux has a following in her native New York City, popular on the live band circuit, but on this her first album she proves that most likely her forte is with small chamber ensembles - especially when the musicians involved with her are as fine as those collaborating with her on this CD. Yes, the arrangements are solid, being the work of Rob Filomena, but the real revelation of this excellent selection of eight works is the unique way Devereux manages to sustain a mood from the very first entrance of the voice on each track. Her upbeat songs are irresistibly snappy, but for this listener, Devereux is most at home with the straight ballads. 'You've Changed', 'Welcome to my love' are a showstoppers. And the way she manages to toss in Leonard Bernstein in the form of a female version of 'Tonight' from West Side Story brings a whole to meaning to Sondheim's lyrics. It seems as though we have a new voice on the jazz horizon. And it is a hearty welcome to Livia Devereux! ”

“We received Livia Devereux's new album "Night Winds Whisper" at our Pure Jazz Radio studios in May of 2010 and, after review, decided to use several cuts on our regular playlist. Livia's voice, phrasing,tight back up band and selection of songs on the album, fit nicely to our format featuring jazz and standards. I look forward to hearing more from Livia.”

“Good thing this lady has the pipes. She’s got the kind of name and the kind of looks that could easily find her at the center of a sex scandal that topples a corporate exec and if she wasn’t putting these pipes to the good use she does, it would really be a waste for all of us. A total atavistic throwback to the big, bold, brassy belters that knew how to be heard in the cheap seats, her sense of swing and groove are top notch throughout. The set list is pretty much right down the middle but the delivery from everyone involved makes it fine to hear them all one more time. Hot stuff that wakes up adult ears quite nicely. ”

“Livia Devereux sparkled at The Metropolitan Room in NYC on Tuesday. The joy and excitement of a fresh face...and the musicality of a seasoned pro. The Jazz and cabaret scene has a new budding star.”