The Shape of Jazz to Come: Artists to Watch in 2019. Arianna Neikrug, Vocals... Of the fresh batch of vocalists cropping up on today’s scene, no one interprets a lyric quite like her.
12 New Jazz Artists to Watch in 2019. #8 Arianna Neikrug... Neikrug distinguishes herself as a fresh new force in vocal jazz on the winning Changes
The vocal debut of the year belongs to Neikrug, who claims her place as a singer of considerable technical control, tonal imagination and intellectual acuity.
A captivating mix of covers and originals, Arianna Neikrug’s debut introduces a singer-songwriter of daring and versatility…Neikrug sings beyond her years, and while her technique and flexibility are striking, it’s her soulfulness that startles and lingers.
Neikrug won first prize at the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, but she wears her expertise lightly; she isn’t a pyrotechnic stylist, and her approach feels as carefully balanced as a summer cocktail.
…the arrival of a major new talent.
Changes is in many ways a summation of Neikrug’s career to this point, combining boldly reimagined Songbook standards with her own thought-provoking originals… Changes is an album built around positivity, and the musicians rarely veer from their pursuit of melody and groove. The collective mood is one of optimism and uplift.
She offers the kind of sophistication and depth in her voice that’s hard to teach, augmented by occasional scatting. She’s surely one to watch.
As the set proceeds, through numbers associated with Al Green, the Jackson Five, Joni Mitchell and others, plus two attractive, if slightly wordy, originals, the scale of Neikrug’s talent becomes apparent. Her grip on time is quite extraordinary, and her scat singing totally convincing. It’s all a little intense, but, as a display of endless potential, hugely impressive. 4 Stars.
This is a marvelous debut by an already accomplished vocalist who is sympathetically backed by Hobgood and his trio. One expects to hear more about Arianna Neikrug in the future.
If you’re going to try to make a splash, then make a big one—that’s what 25-year-old jazz singer Arianna Neikrug did with this debut platter... Neikrug’s approach combines youthful insouciance with a gravitas seemingly beyond her years. 4 Stars.
Impressive rookie outing.
With the pending release of Changes, this young singer has earned the privilege of being labeled a ‘musician’ and ‘singer’ in every rich resonance of the terms…her voice is one of the most efficiently musical instruments among any of her contemporaries on the jazz scene today.
Changes is more than a promising debut album of a remarkable rediscovery of jazz singing. Rather, Changes is a great album of a surprisingly mature jazz personality at an adolescent age, with an independent vocal style that adds a new, distinctive color to the jazz-style environment of today’s exciting squad of young singers.