As you probably already know from your faithful attention to AxeStatic Process, our friend Nicki Richards is on tour with acclaimed jazz trumpeteer Chris Botti, but what you might NOT know is that our girl is killing it onstage every night!
From Peter Landsdowne’s review in the Worcester Telegram:
“Singer Nicki Richards, another special guest that Botti plucked from Madonna’s contingent of backup vocalists, nearly stole the show during her three-song stint with the trumpeter and his band. She belted out the pop classic “The Look of Love” before toning things down on “The Very Thought of You,” another classic from The Great American Songbook. Botti contributed a beautifully crafted a capella trumpet solo as an introduction to the latter tune, which ended with the trumpeter ascending chromatically into his trumpet’s high register.
Singer Richards and Botti transformed the Billie Holiday ballad “Good Morning Heartache” by performing it over drummer Kilson’s funk groove. Botti’s powerful trumpet solo included a nice touch: A quote from trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia.” Richards picked up the riff and intoned it in unison with Botti’s horn to end the tune.”
Of course, we’re not surprised by it at all… :) Way to rock it, Richards!