Tequila Moon

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Saxophonist Jessy J is bound to get more recognition for her 2008 Peak Records debut, Tequila Moon, than she did for her self-titled album of 2007. She has hooked up with producer Paul Brown, who makes the album a virtual collaboration, also serving as co-writer of five out of the 11 tunes, arranging, engineering, mixing, and playing guitar. Brown is a king of contemporary jazz, of course, but he doesn't so much impose his style here as bring out Jessy J's, which also has strong ties to Latin jazz. She even puts down her axe and pleasantly sings the standards "Mas Que Nada" and "Besame Mucho," and the arrangements tend to have a Spanish tinge. She turns from her usual ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Saxophonist Jessy J is bound to get more recognition for her 2008 Peak Records debut, Tequila Moon, than she did for her self-titled album of 2007. She has hooked up with producer Paul Brown, who makes the album a virtual collaboration, also serving as co-writer of five out of the 11 tunes, arranging, engineering, mixing, and playing guitar. Brown is a king of contemporary jazz, of course, but he doesn't so much impose his style here as bring out Jessy J's, which also has strong ties to Latin jazz. She even puts down her axe and pleasantly sings the standards "Mas Que Nada" and "Besame Mucho," and the arrangements tend to have a Spanish tinge. She turns from her usual tenor to soprano sax on her and Brown's "Running Away" and a cover of Phoebe Snow's "Poetry Man" to excellent effect. This is commercial jazz, to be sure, but the saxophonist shows off an individual voice and a gift for melodic improvisation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072304994
  • Catalog Number: 30499
  • Sales rank: 13,771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tequila Moon (4:36)
  2. 2 Spanish Nights (3:44)
  3. 3 Sin Ti/Without You (4:34)
  4. 4 Mas Que Nada (5:04)
  5. 5 Fiesta Velada (4:08)
  6. 6 Poetry Man (3:36)
  7. 7 Turquoise Street (4:03)
  8. 8 PB 'N' J (3:04)
  9. 9 Besame Mucho (3:40)
  10. 10 Running Away (3:51)
  11. 11 Song for You (5:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessy J Primary Artist, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Ricky Peterson Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Kiki Ebsen Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Richie Gajate Garcia Percussion
Roberto Vally Bass
Sergio Gonzales Drums
Oscar Seaton Drums
Dave Beyer Percussion, Drums
Chad Wright Drums
Paul Rayner-Brown Guitar
Technical Credits
Jorge Ben Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Ricky Peterson Arranger
Kiki Ebsen Arranger, Composer
Donald Hayes Composer
Roberto Vally Arranger
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Paulo Coelho Author
Lee Hershberg Mastering
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Dave Beyer Arranger
Tommy K Composer
Paul Rayner-Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Jessy J Arranger, Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Engaging Tequila Moon

    The warm and inviting saxophone on the title track of Jessy J¿s Peak Records debut, Tequila Moon, sets the stage for an engaging Latin-oriented recording and an exciting career. At the age of 26, Jessy J has already sharpened her axe on stage with the likes of Michael Buble and Michael Bolton. I found the break-beat drum programming on the second cut, `Spanish Nights¿, a little at odds with the acoustic guitar of veteran, Paul Brown, who also produced the album and co-penned several of the tracks (along with Jessy J). In fact, the best tracks on the album feature the writing and recording combination of J and Brown. Case in point is `Sin Ti/Without You¿, a mellow and pretty song. The Sergio Mendes signature song, Mas Que Nada, featuring Gregg Karukas on keyboards, is the first vocal track on the album, with Jessy J¿s voice evoking Astrud Gilberto. The rhythms of Brazil are featured on the bouncy Fiesta Velada, another J/Brown original. J¿s soprano sax rolls along over a lilting version of Phoebe Snow¿s timeless `Poetry Man¿. Turqouise Street follows with a compelling melody and pleasant beat. The cutely titled `PB `¿n¿ J¿ is one of the best tracks on the album with J¿s sax bobbing along next to Brown¿s guitar. A sparsely-backed `Besame Mucho¿ showcases J¿s breathy vocals with Brown coaxing the gentlest Latin rhythms out of his acoustic guitar. `Running Away¿ features a beautiful almost wistful melody with a light groove driving the song. The set concludes with Leon Russell¿s `Song For You¿, with J stretching her sax chops a little more, and wrapping up a highly enjoyable album that is well worth adding to your collection. -- smoothjazzreviews.net<BR/><BR/>Tequila Moon 5<BR/>Spanish Nights 3<BR/>Sin Ti/Without You 4<BR/>Mas Que Nada 4<BR/>Fiesta Velada 4<BR/>Poetry Man 4<BR/>Turqouise Street 4 <BR/>PB `n¿ J 5<BR/>Besame Mucho 4<BR/>Running Away 5<BR/>Song For You 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sexy Saxtress

    Sounding alot like a cross between Boney James and Kenny G, Jessy J joins the long list of contemporary Jazz saxists and she is able to hold her own with the best of them. Very nice album.

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