Hot Sauce

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072330894
  • Catalog Number: 33089
  • Sales rank: 41,161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Remember the Night (4:08)
  2. 2 Rio Grande (4:00)
  3. 3 Hot Sauce (3:17)
  4. 4 Rainbow Gold (4:27)
  5. 5 'Till You Make Up Your Mind (3:53)
  6. 6 Meant To Be (4:06)
  7. 7 We Kissed (2:50)
  8. 8 Leave Right Now (3:33)
  9. 9 In Sentimental Mood - Saunders Sermons (4:46)
  10. 10 Last Night (8:07)
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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 Sr. Drums
Ray Parker Jr. 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 Jr. Arranger
Paul Blakemore Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Why am I always late to the party?

    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!!!!!!

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