Tamuz Nissim is reviewed by Jazz Blues Magazine in the March/April Edition

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TAMUZ NISSIM
Capturing Clouds
STREET OF STARS RECORDS

Tamuz Nissim

This is the fourth album from Tamuz Nissim, an
Israeli born vocalist who has been living in New York
City for the past five years. Her vocals are supported
by guitarist George Nazos, bassist Harvie S, and
drummer Tony Jefferson. In her album notes, Nissim
compares jazz to the impossibility of capturing clouds,
and how the freedom to improvise makes the same
song sound different, just like clouds transform and
remold their shapes. Her intent is to bring this freshness
to the songs she performs.
She displays an ability to bring a fresh approach to
the opening “On the Sunny Side of the Street” backed
just by bass and drums. She enchants with her alluring
voice, her pitch, and flute-like phrasing set against the
restrained backing. Furthermore, she fascinates with
her scatting here and on her original “Make It Last,”
with Nazos taking a winsome solo along with drummer
Jefferson. She also wrote the title song with a soft,
dreamy vocal. Another standard, “Like Someone In
Love,” also has her enchanting singing backed solely
by bass and drums with Harvie S soloing. Nissim’s
original, “What a Pair,” is an exquisite duet between
her scatting and bassist Harvie S.
Nissim displays a perky side on her rendition of
Tom Waits’ “I Don’t Want To Grow Up,” one of several
unusual song interpretations she performs here. Another
one is her thoughtful approach to Nick Drake’s
“Saturday Sun,” with Nazos providing gorgeous guitar
accompaniment. On “Rhapsody For Trane (I Hear a
Rhapsody),” she crafted lyrics to John Coltrane’s solo
on “I Hear a Rhapsody” from Trane’s “Lush Life” album
and dazzles with her vocalese singing.
The final selection is a sweet, relaxed version of
George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun,” accompanied
solely by guitar. It is a captivating close to this
most appealing recording. Ron Weinstock

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