Feb 24th, 2018
Nicole Willis‘ new double-sider 45 showcases two album favorites from recent full-length “My Name Is Nicole Willis“ together with renowned Finnish band UMO Jazz Orchestra. This single is the first for Persephone Records in 7” format and will be a very limited vinyl pressing.
A-side “Haunted By The Devil” is a particularly serendipitous fit for UMO Jazz Orchestra, a group of skilled musicians that are capable and will play anything of quality, as the lyrics and composition exhibit the many influences of Ms Willis, touching on the challenges of establishing individuality in a seemingly compromised world. On the flip, “(Everybody) Do The Watusi” is a song that was frequently performed live with The Soul Investigators, but had never been recorded. It’s a Northern Soul dance tune that lends to heavy rotation.
Both tracks are among those specifically written by Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor & guitarist Pete Toikkanen for the album, which was produced by Ms. Willis while Jimi Tenor created all big band arrangements for the musicians.