Petra Sings
JAZZ VOCALIST PETRA VAN NUIS

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"Because We're Night People" CD Reviews

October 2018
Recent Listening: van Nuis & Luxion
By Doug Ramsey, Rifftides
"The pair’s intimate collaboration makes this a highlight among 2018 vocal albums...also an important recording for listeners who cherish fine piano playing. His keyboard touch and inventive harmonic transitions have Ms. van Nuis floating...throughout, she sustains long notes perfectly in tune, supported by Luxion’s flawless accompaniment. The two are distinctive...delicious...just the right blend of sadness and wit...This will have a long stay on most listeners’ shelves."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By George Fendel, High Standards Jazz
"One of those rare recordings that just grabs you and holds on until the last note...like Lady Day, Blossom Dearie and very few others, Petra conveys the meaning of a lyric in a very direct manner...a singer who gets it and puts it across to the listener...accompaniment is limited to the solo piano of Dennis Luxion, who is subtle and a picture of perfection....I hope to hear more from Petra and would suggest this to her: don't change a thing."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Toshiro Kobari, Jazz Critique Magazine (Japan)
"Her signature charm is found in the coexistence of her relaxed feel and cool intelligence...a place where the agony, comfort, and hope of life meet...the world painted is profound...a recommended listen as the nights begin to draw in."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine
"Petra van Nuis gives lyrics the kind of attention and understanding that makes each of them sound special, as if written just for her. Luxion provides the kind of accompaniment that all singers dream of having... a vocal album that rates among the best of the year."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine
"Van Nuis’ elegant style and rich voice superbly match Luxion’s resonant and lyrical pianism as the two musicians feed of each other’s spontaneity. They delve deep into the essence of each tune giving it a uniquely personal treatment...Thanks to van Nuis and Luxion’s immense talents and seamless camaraderie the music is deeply moving and subtly provocative... a satisfyingly multilayered disc that delights more with each spin"
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Eiji Kitahara, Jazz Life Magazine (Japan)
"The texture of her delicate, graceful voice is reminiscent of Blossom Dearie’s but uniquely chic and charming...Let such a voice sing to the masterful backing of seasoned pianist in Dennis Luxion, and the world created is rich and intimate...the perfect record to listen to after being liberated from work...unwinding both body and soul."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Lance Liddle, Bebop Spken Here (UK)
"It's been a great year for vocalists, Petra ranks alongside the best of them, and anyone looking for a sympathetic accompanist such as Dennis need only contact the Chicago Local 10-208. The music is fantastic...is 11 out of 10 high enough?"
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Keizo Takada, Record Collectors Magazine (Japan)
"A voice quickly becoming cherished by the Japanese audience, the bright and beautiful Petra releases her latest...shades of Bill Evans appear from Dennis’ superb performance, the vocals and piano perfectly in tune with each other...the applause at the end are the only thing by which one realizes this breathtaking album and its quality sound were actually recorded live...a definite recommendation."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Editorial Staff, Japan Jazz Magazine (Japan)
"A Chicago-based duo record by a beautiful, intelligent singer and a seasoned pianist known for his performance with Chet Baker. The silky smooth voice and lyrical piano come alongside the listener after hours as they touch his soul."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
"An album that is both hauntingly atmospheric and filled with creative substance...she with her refined grace and emotive vocals and he with his vibrant lyricism... Luxion plays darkly shimmering lines, like moonlight on the surface of a pond, on an impressionistic take of trumpeter Chet Baker's "While My Lover Sleeps." Van Nuis intones a warm and passionate lullaby over the pianist's serene and fluid chords."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Kazune Hayata, CD Journal (Japan)
"Captivating many fans with her sweet-sounding voice reminiscent of Beverly Kenney and Blossom Dearie, she has now managed to outdo herself with her latest album... standards are showcased in a graceful, mature fashion."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"Hey world, it’s time you found out what Chicagoans and Japanese already know, Petra Sings isn’t just the name of van Nuis’s website. Luxion’s piano is one of her constants and the two of them tear it up here. Pure saloon jazz vocal that would make Sinatra proud he referred to himself as a saloon singer. Killer stuff."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Editorial Staff, Stereo Magazine (Japan)
"An enchanting elegance clothes Petra as she sings in a relaxed tempo, pondering the meaning behind the words....a very well-suited duo...Dennis Luxion, a pianist appreciated by connoisseurs for backing Chet Baker in the ‘80s."
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"Lessons Lyrical" CD Reviews

January 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
"This charismatic collaboration between van Nuis and Brown is as engaging as it is imaginative...a splendid recording...impeccable artistic synergy...voice and guitar sashaying in unison with sensuality and passion..ardent emotion and hypnotic resonance."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Devon "Doc" Wendell, Dr. Jazz
"This stellar duets album is beautifully romantic, pure and ultimately masterful...swings magically...delicate, dynamic and ethereal...a gorgeously under produced jazz duet recording...undisturbed by commercial concerns. The soul throughout this recording is just relentless...an essential purchase."
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October 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here
"...a voice that makes every day seem like Spring. Flawless and original interpretations of songs, some of which you thought you knew only to find out you didn't really know them at all! There's also a few undiscovered gems as well as some you'd forgotten about. I guarantee they'll never be forgotten again!"
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly
"Underlying Petra’s light yet sensual vocal sound is a mature understanding of the lyrics...light-hearted yet engaging...performed in a fresh and thoroughly entertaining manner. This album is a real joy and warmly recommended to all who like to hear good songs well played and sung."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Palmer Moore, Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club
"...the bravest project two young musicians could possibly put out in today's market. A quaintly brilliant 'platter' amidst a world becoming increasingly less interested in subdued tender truly artistic music from the heart....deeply talented and endearing to the listener...a touch of pure class...just what this chaotic world needs right now."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
"a wonderful musical team...their unity is delightful...her sweet voice, clear diction, and individualistic phrasing set her apart....it's clear the words mean everything to her. She can be tender, rueful, wistful, but she can also romp: her summons to "Doctor Jazz" is a pager that no medical professional could ignore...."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"With the kind of simpatico that makes the two feel like you are listening to one, this set is a pure bred adult/jazz charmer...Smoking stuff throughout."
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January 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
"Ms. Van Nuis has a sweet and youthful voice, does justice to lyrics, and improvises with subtlety. Andy Brown is a very skilled swing-based guitarist who can operate well as a one-man orchestra...delightful and cheerful renditions...easily recommended."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Ian Macgregor, Jazz Guitar Society Of Western Australia
"Petra has a soft voice, knows how to phrase well, and is ideally suited for an intimate duo...the pair really swings...with their fine talent, I see a bright future."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine
"...seamless integration of voice and strings...sheer symmetry and syncopation...inherent charm and appeal...van Nuis and Brown tell a complete story that goes beyond the mere scope of the lyrics. Playing with honesty, emotion and their signature synchronization sets a high bar for others to follow..the latest chapter in a continually unfolding success story..."
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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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July 2016
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Dan Singer, In Tune International
"What a joy it is to be around such a happy flock of musicians and singer...This session must have put everyone in a great mood...Petra holds her own throughout with all of her six amazing musicians..."
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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 American Rag Magazine (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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"Far Away Places" CD Reviews

January 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Jack Huntley, All About Jazz Magazine
"van Nuis' vocal quality is at once strong and wistful. On the title track, a lovely ballad whose dreamy lyrics seem tailor made for her vocal talents, van Nuis never fails to support the melody's cadences with her range and endearing clarity. With smart song choices, engaging vocal interpretations, and captivating guitar work this album creates a beautiful landscape...interpretations are over-flowing with skill and imagination."
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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
"...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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July 2017
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Dan Singer, In Tune International Magazine
"Songs just never sound the same to me after I hear Petra van Nuis sing them. She has a most unusual charming set of vocal pipes...this musical duo is simply enchanting."
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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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"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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January 2014
CD Reviews
By Dan Singer, Singer's Singers
"Petra van Nuis caught my attention from her very first note of her opening song...what is revealed here is Petra's unison elegance and swing...an essential musical masterpiece... you'll delight in the warm sensitivity of Petra's vocal."
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