Nancy Erickson Lamont – Through The Passages (ENG review)

Street date May 10th 2024
Nancy Erickson Lamont - Through The Passages

Here is an album quite different from those we usually talk about, reminiscent of a jazz album flirting with Irish folkloric culture, very pleasant to listen to, with Nancy Erickson Lamont being an excellent performer. The only regret is that the lyrics of the first track of the album, “TikTok,” do not match the music of this track, which is truly interesting.

What we also appreciate is that this album showcases a multitude of jazz talents, including acclaimed pianist-composer-conductor Josh Nelson (Natalie Cole, Sara Gazarek), pianist Shawn Schlogel, bassists Chris Symer and Michael Glynn (Cory Weeds, Dave Grusin), and drummer Stefan Schatz (Jon Hendricks, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). “Through The Passages” is an emotive and contemplative collection of original songs exploring the miraculous and mysterious seasons of life. Nancy’s first original record, co-written with Schlogel and pianist Darin Clendenin, “Through the Passages” draws its lyrics from poems Nancy has written throughout her life.

The overall quality of this album for a debut of original compositions is truly interesting, revealing a real style that fits perfectly with her very classical and brilliant voice, which indeed suits this kind of poetic work. Raised in Salem, Oregon, Nancy studied at Edmonds Community College under the guidance of renowned jazz vocal instructor Frank DeMiero and shared the stage with talents such as Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, and The Four Freshmen before taking a break to raise her children. In 2009, she re-emerged with a renewed dedication to her music, notably winning the prestigious Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Singer competition in 2012. The past decade has also brought transformative events in Nancy’s personal life, including a divorce, navigating through a pandemic, and finding new love with her husband, Dan, whom she married in 2021. These experiences have served as a catalyst for deeper connection with her audience by sharing observations of her life through her music.

It is probably all these life experiences that make this album quite moving due to the themes addressed. Musically beautiful with very good arrangements, remarkable production, for those who may struggle with some jazz albums we discuss here, the advantage of this one is that it is accessible to all, as it only requires your openness and listening. It is undeniably a “favorite” album that you will certainly want to talk about with your circle.

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, March 29th 2024


Album Availaible May 10th here