Tamuz Nissim is reviewed by Pop Culture Classics with her new album Capturing Clouds

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Tamuz Nissim

POP CULTURE CLASSICS

by Paul Freeman

 

Tamuz Nissim 

TAMUZ NISSIM – “CAPTURING CLOUDS”
With an exquisite, expressive, entrancing voice, Tamuz Nissim has been building excitement among jazz aficionados. The Israeli-born, New York-based vocalist dazzles on her newly released fourth album. Thanks to her arresting approach, each song becomes a beautiful breath of fresh air.

There’s not only a sweetness and delicious delicacy to Nissim’s voice, but also a vibrancy and versatility. She finds the true meaning of every word she sings, but can also convey a great deal through vocalese.

Nissim sets a high bar with her vocal instrument and it’s met by her talented trio — guitarist George Nazos, bassist Harvie S and drummer Tony Jefferson.

Nissim puts her disarming imprint on such classics as Jimmy McHugh’s “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” and Nick Drake’s “Saturday Sun.” There are many “sun” references on the album and Nissim brings to the music her own special radiance. She also charms with the Tom Waits tune “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.”

For “Rhapsody for Trane,” the adventurous Nissim took John Coltrane’s solo from “I Hear a Rhapsody” (on the “Lush Life” album) and plugged in her own lyrics.

Nissim’s original songs prove to be just as delightful as her interpretations of familiar numbers. “Ray of Hope” and the title track, “Capturing Clouds,” are particularly pretty and pleasing.

In many of her lyrics, you’ll hear notes of optimism and resilience. In “Listen,” Nissim sings, “Open your ears, open your heart, and live and love and learn.”

It’s definitely worth opening your ears and heart to the lively Ms. Nissim. You’ll instantly fall in love with that extraordinary, unique voice and style.

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