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My Name Is Nicole Willis / Nicole Willis

Nicole Willis - My Name Is Nicole Willis

Persephone records

"My Name Is Nicole Willis", is the latest release from the Finland based classic soul vocalist. Ms Willis revisits some of her earlier releases as well as unleashing new material with help from The Umo Jazz Orchestra. For their part the Orchestra's added horns and producer Jimi Tenor's arrangements create a dynamic classic soul experience. One of those new tracks, "Haunted By The Devil" opens up with lush horns and strings followed up with Pete Toikkanen's funky wah wah guitar. "Together We Climb" should be familiar to fans. Originally performed by Nicole and The Soul Investigators, this alternate take maintains the infectious groove and bluesy guitar rhythms while incorporating swaying orchestral arrangements. "Still Got A Way To Fall", another bluesy soul burner finds Willis performing spoken word about perseverance through trying times. The Willis, Tenor and Toikkanen partnership knows a thing or two about quality soul music. This sparkling release takes their sound to another level.

Reg Dancy, 10/17