“Her voice is full of poetry and worldliness. Her production is wrapped in a musical ball of emotional delivery. Right away, I know she is a songwriter. After listening to only a few tracks, I am certain that Aimee Nolte wrote these stories from her heart and she’s probably playing piano. I look in the liner notes to discover I’m correct. She’s a composer and a pianist; a producer, arranger and a poet.
Aimee Nolte is fresh and interesting to my ears. She’s a mixture of pop, folk and jazz music; a singer who tells stories in a very sweet way. The opening song, “The Loveliest Girl” was written by her guitarist friend, Matthew Clark, and is quite folksy, with a unique story that Aimee Nolte shares, expressing beautifully the lyrical lines. For example: “ … the sun was running his fingers through my hair to make it glow … I was born in the center of the sun; … all the other sunbeams, we were the same; preparing ourselves for a long and lonely journey into space.”
This song sticks in my mind, lyrically and melodically. However, in my opinion, “Falling Snow” is the hit record on this CD. It’s Michael Frank-ish intoxication and Brazilian influence dances across this CD with melodic precision.
Aimee’s jazzy scat-side shows itself brightly on track 5, bathed in a Latin arrangement, and again on track 7 when John Clayton joins her and they duet on “Bye Bye Blackbird.” Her spontaneous scat-singing is fresh as she rejuvenates this old standard without words. This entire production is a pleasant excursion into the world of a talented singer/songwriter/pianist who boasts over 140,000 subscribers on YouTube, where she shares music and educational videos, featuring various music topics like harmony, arranging and advanced jazz piano.
Dee Dee McNeil!
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