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"Far Away Places" CD Reviews

March 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"It ain’t about the fireworks, it’s about the purity of the performance...When you’ve got it going on, you’ve got it going on...one of the most ripping good new duos to come along..."
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October 2009
Petra and Andy Reward Us
By Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives (blog)
"...I heard her version of A COTTAGE FOR SALE, and I was just about stunned by its great dramatic range, mixing ruefulness, poignancy, and loss - without overacting so much as a hair....I might never hear that song sung so heartbreakingly again...."
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September 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine
"a light, gorgeous and fairly delicate voice... a gift for melody and plenty of rhytmic confidence..."
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May 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Matt Warnock, Guitar International
"...a musical excursion into the creative minds of these two talented jazzers...their interaction is incredible to witness...you won't be disappointed..."
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October 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By George W. Harris, JazzWeekly.com
"...charming, unassuming and completely guileless...relaxed, defenseless and disarmed, van Nuis’ salt water taffy of a voice blends with Brown’s erudite picking. This CD will remind you of the old adage that less is more..."
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August 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Keizo Takada, Record Collectors Magazine (Japan)
"...an attractive girlish voice in the vein of Blossom Dearie...with very clear diction and comfortable phrasing she makes the listeners want to hear her again and over again..."
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March 2011
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Andreas Geyer, Jazz Podium Magazine (Germany)
"...magical musical dialogue, which can only partially be described as blind understanding..."
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June 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"She gives "Let's Do It" the suggestive edge that makes it most effective. This recording will find an immediate place in my stack of must hear again and again discs..."
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April 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Jeff Tamarkin, All Music Guide
"Petra is not a belter but a soother, and she keeps things clean and simple when she sings..."
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Jan 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Cor De Pater, Old Jazz Express (The Netherlands)
"While sitting by the fireplace with a good drink in hand, I will often insert this CD into my player. Then I will dream..."
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"Live In Chicago" CD Reviews

January 2013
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Jack Huntley, All About Jazz
"Petra van Nuis' voice is at once alluring and robust...her tone alternates between delicate playfulness and declarative strength, perfectly suiting the hot jazz..."
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October 2012
CD Review -Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"...a solid dose of happy, crazy depression era music...the kind of music we haven’t heard since the last time someone wrote Dave McKenna a sizeable check...a top shelf date...a dazzling set that should not be missed..."
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January 2013 and June 2013
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Harvey Barkan, LA Jazz Scene and The American Rag (published twice)
"It's a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn't give it back until they're finished playing..."
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September 2012
CD Review -Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"Do you like music that is sheer fun? If so, you must latch onto "Live in Chicago"...Their musicianship is first rate, and they swing mightily..."
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February 2012
"The Artist?" Try Seven Artists!
By Dan Healy, Arts America
"The Recession Seven sells their jaunty melodies and sharp rhythms with panache...vocalist Petra van Nuis brilliantly embodies the best singers of the 1930’s..."
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"A Sweet Refrain" CD Reviews

March 2007
CD Reviews
By Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
"...a sweet voice, a straightforward delivery...a bit like Anita O' Day...touches of Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie, and Mildred Bailey in her phrasing but not in the sound of her voice which is distinctive..."
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2008
Petra Van Nuis "A Sweet Refrain"
Review by Brad Walseth, ChicagoJazz.net
"...obviously inspired by Peggy Lee and Chris Connor...also brings some of Lady Day Billie Holiday's phrasing as well as a touch of Doris Day innocence. And it is a winning combination..."
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Performance Reviews

May 2011
Highly Emotional Classics - American Duo Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown at the Neustadt Jazz Club with Popular Standards
By Hans Kraus, Die Rheinpfalz (Germany)
"...an enormous vocal range...full of nuance...a lot of expressivity, which she conveys very emotionally...so great as to have been repeatedly applauded in mid-performance by the audience, who was enthusiastically swept along..."
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September 2009
Petra van Nuis/Andy Brown Chautauqua 2009
By Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives (blog)
"Petra is a find: she has a delicate focused voice...has beautiful lilting time and musical wit....and she’s no Imitation..."
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May 2011
Jazz Brunch With Petra and Andy
Weisloch Woche (Germany)
"The packed Wiesloch Jazz Club...experienced international class...Petra van Nuis captivated her audience from the first song with her highly expressive and versatile singing..."
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Jan 2010
Songs for your supper as Katerina's spotlights jazz vocals
By Neil Tesser, Examiner.com
"Her reading of lyrics tells a listener than she knows things, with the easy confidence of someone who doesn’t have to prove that she knows things..."
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April/May 2008
The Two Katerinas
By Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine
"The voice, the timing, the phrasing, the look, and everything else was all working and she was hitting the musical equivalent of a grand slam home run in baseball right there in front of me..."
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September 2012
Performance Review
By Frank Mulvaney, Jersey Jazz
"The dramatic way she flawlessly interpreted the lyrics of a dozen songs without the slightest stumble was reflective of great respect for the composers..."
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