January 2017 Editor's Pick on DOWNBEAT Magazine at DownBeat.com:
"As a bandleader, Davies delivers an ambitious program that incorporates r&b-flavored vocals, propulsive bass lines, drum patterns with a swing feel, occasionally blues-tinged keyboard work, growling trombone, epic prog-rock synthesizer washes and brief bouts of hip-hop turntableism,
all tied together with an improviser's approach." Bobby Reed - DownBeat Magazine
"Clearly Billie Davies and A Nu Experience are a class act, one full of bold inventive and inspired interplay. Let us hope "On Hollywood Boulevard" won't be their only project together, and that there will be more adventurous music to come." Sacha O'Grady - All About Jazz
"A beautiful example of the vitality of the New Orleans scene.." - Claude Loxhay - Jazz'Halo
Billie Davies offers a cool confident update on jazz with the playful nature of “On Hollywood Boulevard”. By BeachSloth.com
- Skope Magazine
On Hollywood Boulevard
BILLIE DAVIES - A Nu Experience
"A new direction in New Orleans!"
After 20 years of playing, producing and releasing instrumental jazz, Billie Davies is turning a page and is bringing us a Nu Vocal and Electric Experience, “On Hollywood Boulevard”.
“On Hollywood Boulevard” came about while Billie Davies lived at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. at The Historic Hillview Hollywood in Hollywood, Los Angeles. She lived there for several years and her many experiences in and impressions of Hollywood Boulevard needed recording. It took from 2012 in Hollywood, the initial conception, to September of 2016 in New Orleans to result in a recorded album of 5 songs that Billie Davies wrote melodies and lyrics for, 1 instrumental improvisation and 1 improvisation with improvised lyrics by IRIS P.
Billie and her husband/producer Mike Davies chose Evan Oberla, with whom she has recorded and performed since February of 2015, on keys/synth and trombone and Oliver Watkinson, who became her bass player in the summer of 2015, on electric bass. Billie Davies met Iris P through an introduction by Evan, during one of their performances at The Dragon’s Den, in New Orleans, and was rejoiced to find the perfect vocalist, the perfect chemistry, to record and perform the “On Hollywood Boulevard” lyrics and experience.
The “On Hollywood Boulevard” CD Release Party was 12/08/2016 at The Prime Example, 1909 N Broad St, New Orleans.
The “On Hollywood Boulevard” release date was 12/10/2016.