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|Jessy J||Primary Artist, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals|
|Ricky Peterson||Piano, Strings, Keyboards|
|Kiki Ebsen||Piano, Strings, Keyboards|
|Richie Gajate Garcia||Percussion|
|Dave Beyer||Percussion, Drums|
|Kiki Ebsen||Arranger, Composer|
|Mark Wexler||Executive Producer|
|Andi Howard||Executive Producer|
|Paul Rayner-Brown||Arranger, Producer, Engineer|
|Jessy J||Arranger, Composer|
Posted October 1, 2010
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 4Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.