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Hot Sauce
     

Hot Sauce

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by Jessy J
 
In four short years, contemporary/smooth jazz tenor saxophonist Jessica Arellano (Jessy J) has made quite a splash. Hot Sauce, her Heads Up International debut -- and fourth album overall -- was produced by Paul Brown, and includes guest appearances from heavyweights Joe Sample, drummer Harvey Mason, guitarist Ray Parker Jr., and

Overview

In four short years, contemporary/smooth jazz tenor saxophonist Jessica Arellano (Jessy J) has made quite a splash. Hot Sauce, her Heads Up International debut -- and fourth album overall -- was produced by Paul Brown, and includes guest appearances from heavyweights Joe Sample, drummer Harvey Mason, guitarist Ray Parker Jr., and vocalist Saunders Sermons. Arellano wrote or co-wrote eight of the album's ten compositions. Its finest moments include the opener, "Remember the Night," which channels Grover Washington Jr.'s Kudu era; the bluesy "Rio Grande," on which her tenor is beautifully balanced by Marco Brasci's keyboard work and Brown's guitar playing; and the title track, where she branches out to showcase some fiery Latin grooves. "Rainbow Gold," written with Sample and including Parker and Mason, is a solid funky jazz track save for Arellano's vocals. She is a plaintive singer who hasn't mastered being able to stand out in front of a big instrumental mix. The pop tune "We Kissed" is marred by the same trait. These are minor annoyances, however. The surprise reading of Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" as a jazzy soul number showcases Sermons' satin-finish vocals in an original arrangement with compelling snare work by Josh Guinta. Sample, Parker, and Mason also appear on set closer "Last Night," which is such a groove-laden number that Arellano's vocals get in the way because they are primarily a briefly sung refrain. Parker's guitars, Nick Sample's bassline, papa Joe's elegant acoustic piano, and Mason's breaks are an excellent supporting cast for Arellano's in-the-cut soloing. The bottom line on Hot Sauce is that it's a more mature and realized record than what she's done before and takes some chances -- even when they don't pay off. It's tightly arranged, well produced, and beautifully played.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0888072330894
catalogNumber:
33089
Rank:
99333

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessy J   Primary Artist,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Gregg Karukas   Strings,Keyboards
Joe Sample   Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Janis Liebhart   Background Vocals
Harvey Mason   Drums
Ray Parker   Guitar,Background Vocals
Roberto Vally   Bass
Marco Basci   Bass,Strings,Keyboards
Jeff Caruthers   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Ripoll   Bass,Guitar
Nick Sample   Bass
Paul Brown   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Guitar (Nylon String)
Deyon Dobson   Keyboards
Jordan Scannella   Electric Bass
Saunders Sermons   Vocals
Lawrence Young   Keyboards
Toni Scruggs   Background Vocals
Jon Notar   Piano
Josh Guinta   Drums

Technical Credits

Joe Sample   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Irving Mills   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Janis Liebhart   Composer
Ray Parker   Arranger
Marco Basci   Composer,drum programming
Jeff Caruthers   Arranger,drum programming
Michael Ripoll   Composer
Paul Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rob Filmore   Engineer
Joshua Blanchard   Engineer
Deyon Dobson   Composer,drum programming
Jessy J   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Saunders Sermons   Arranger,Producer
Lawrence Young   Composer
Thomas Klemperer   Composer
Francis "Eg" White   Composer
Jon Notar   Arranger,Producer
Karyn Hughs   Photo Assistance

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Hot Sauce 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until someone tells me what is Jessy J's fourth album is, I will always consider this to be her third album. Anyway, this album is great. I found out about Jessy J, by just doing a search for some jazz music. I purchased this album at local store where I live. I have not really been able to put the album down since I first put this inside the CD player inside my car. I now have all three of her albums and this one is just as good as her first two albums. This is a really good mix of jazz and latin music, which I hope that was what she was going for, with this album. Overall the album, is definitely something that you can listen to from start to finish, tracks 1 (Remember The Night) , 5 ('Till You Make Up Your Mind - I am still left wondering if there was meant to be more at the end of this track), 6 (Meant To Be), and 9 (In A Sentimental Mood - definite respect for Duke Ellington jazz standard, especially with Saunders Sermons vocal talents adding to the Jessy's sax play), are songs that definitely get the "please press the repeat button" seal of approval. Definitely pick this up!!!!!!