When you looked at an album cover in the old days, Veronica explains, it told a story. The album cover and the title kind of prepped you for what you were about to experience, and I always felt that a jazz album isn't just the music that is played - it's the whole package. When you pull out that CD, it should be like a storybook. The cover and the album title kind of whet your appetite, and when you hear the songs, it takes you through an experience. It should all be an experience.
Like her previous release, American Lullaby (which focused on jazz interpretations of lullaby-like melodies), Standard Delivery is very thematic (its dominant theme being a jazz vocalist's relationship with time-honored standards). On Standard Delivery, Nunn puts her personal stamp on an abundance of classics from the Great American Songbook, including George Gershwin's A Foggy Day, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's Where or When, Dorothy Fields' I Can't Give You Anything But Love and Jerome Kern's I'm Old Fashioned. Not every melody on Standard Delivery originated in Manhattan's legendary Tin Pan Alley; the album moves into Brazilian territory on Antonio Carlos Jobim's One Note Samba, and Honeysuckle Rose was composed by the great stride pianist/singer Fats Waller. But everything on Standard Delivery is a well known standard, and everything on the album receives Nunn's personal touch. I don't want an album to be just a bunch of tunes that I randomly threw together, Nunn notes. That's why I put a lot of energy into having a theme and a continuity when I record an album.
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Working with Veronica for almost the last ten years has been a pleasure, both personally and musically. Aside from the fact that she always sings perfectly in tune and, emotionally, from a place inside the lyrics, she possesses that rarest and most prized of musical gifts, a beautiful voice. (Singer Songwriter Michael Franks)
Veronica Nunn is one of the brightest new jazz singers to come along in quite a while. She's original, discerning, independent, and purely swinging. (Clive Davis, New York Daily News)
Veronica Nunn has an unmistakable sound, a rich timbre at once intimate and reserved