By Scott Thompson
Abigail Rockwell: Autumn Noir
CD Release: 10.10.18
Featuring Saxophonist Harry Allen & More!
Sultry tones tell the story.
Cinematic jazz: a fresh blend of originals and standards.
Abigail Rockwell's first album as a singer/songwriter
"The uptempo bossa vibe of “So In Love” is an excellent showcase for Rockwell’s clean, pure vocal tone and supple inflection. With a knack for creative timekeeping, she stays cool and unruffled even at a fast clip."
"This album was born from beauty and friction. It is my love letter to the east and west coasts: the craggy edges of the east, the vast expanse of the west, and all the dark alleyways in between."- AR
Why Noir? That haunting sax solo line running through Taxi Driver, the distant blow of a conch and those voodoo drums from I Walked With A Zombie... shadings of light and shadow... music and images that left a stamp of recognition on me like a raised brand I couldn't get rid of. That post-war, atomic age desperation still ripples that dark lake off Highway 2. Femme fatale, Lady Fate, I never know quite what she has in store for me. All I can do is surrender and go for a ride. She drives like the night, blinded but knowing, to a destination of her own choosing.
Music Noir in a post-modern world.
"Her voice is a bit deeper and fuller, but her phrasing, her use of occasional melisma, and the breathy sexiness of her sound call to mind Morgana King. I mean this as high praise."
- Gerry Geddes
"Although many vocalists have included torch singing in their repertoire, few have made it a specialty as has Abigail Rockwell. With her breathy, smoky voice and sultry demeanor, she is most reminiscent of Julie London. What Rockwell brings to this table of torch is poetry." - Marilyn Lester
Abigail comes from a family of artists. Her biography is in her work.
"All I could think of was the guy with the saxophone and what he was playing. It wasn't a love song anymore, it was a dirge." - Detour, 1945
Abigail Rockwell - executive producer, vocals
Quinn Johnson - keys
Kevin Winard - drums, percussion
Robert Mitchum - bass
with Harry Allen, Jim Hynes, Mauro Refosco and Davi Vieira, Bernd Schoenhart, David Mann, Bob Mann and Bill Brendle
Produced by Val Lewton