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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The problem with attacking easy targets in order to make a point is that they're, well, too easy to attack. Take smooth jazz, for example. If one's premise is that smooth jazz in general is bland, mindless, and devoid of substance, it's easy to make that point by lambasting Kenny G, Richard Elliot, and other whipping boys of the jazz media. But when names like Grover Washington, Jr., George Benson, and David Sanborn are brought into the discussion, it becomes much harder to make the argument that nothing worthwhile ever came out of smooth jazz. And even though True Love, the third album by smooth jazz saxophonist Jessica Arellano, aka Jessy J, has its shortcomings, it ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The problem with attacking easy targets in order to make a point is that they're, well, too easy to attack. Take smooth jazz, for example. If one's premise is that smooth jazz in general is bland, mindless, and devoid of substance, it's easy to make that point by lambasting Kenny G, Richard Elliot, and other whipping boys of the jazz media. But when names like Grover Washington, Jr., George Benson, and David Sanborn are brought into the discussion, it becomes much harder to make the argument that nothing worthwhile ever came out of smooth jazz. And even though True Love, the third album by smooth jazz saxophonist Jessica Arellano, aka Jessy J, has its shortcomings, it would be a mistake to dismiss her as a lightweight. Actually, True Love has more ups than downs. Jessy's sound is Washington-minded, but with a strong Latin influence -- and unlike so many of the Washington admirers in smooth jazz, she obviously cares about projecting a sound and identity of her own. True Love is smooth jazz meets Latin jazz; Jessy is a Mexican-American from the West Coast, although this 2009 release gets its inspiration from Afro-Cuban salsa "Baila!," "Tropical Rain", Brazilian samba "Brazilian Dance," Luiz Bonfá's familiar "Manha de Carnaval", and Spanish nuevo flamenco the title song more than the regional Mexican music ranchera, mariachi, norteño, banda, duranguense, grupero, etc. that is hugely popular in the southwestern United States. Occasionally, Jessy who is primarily an instrumentalist sings on True Love -- and while she is a better saxophonist than singer, her vocals have a sweetly pleasant quality. Jessy, unfortunately, does play it a bit too safe on True Love and doesn't let loose as much as she could; this is a generally decent effort, but she is capable of much more. Nonetheless, True Love demonstrates that Jessy has talent, chops, and originality and is well worth keeping an eye on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072312821
  • Catalog Number: 31282
  • Sales rank: 58,682

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tropical Rain (4:15)
  2. 2 Forever (4:07)
  3. 3 True Love (3:49)
  4. 4 Mr. Prince (3:53)
  5. 5 Morning of the Carnival (3:58)
  6. 6 Somewhere in a Dream (4:14)
  7. 7 Jessy's Blues (3:39)
  8. 8 Llegaste Tu (3:40)
  9. 9 Brazilian Dance (3:52)
  10. 10 Baila! (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessy J Primary Artist, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Gregg Karukas Bass, Piano, Strings, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Paul Brown Guitar
Richie Gajate Garcia Percussion
Tommy Kay Guitar
Roberto Vally Bass, Bass Guitar
Tom Strahle Guitar
Sergio González Drums
Sergio Aranda Piano, Vocals
Danilo Arroyo Percussion
Technical Credits
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Gregg Karukas Arranger, Composer
Paul Brown drum programming
Tommy Kay Arranger
Antônio Maria Composer
Pablo Aguirre Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Sergio Aranda Composer
Paulina Aguirre Composer
Jessy J Arranger, Composer
Sergio Aranda Composer
Thomas Klemperer Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Jessie

    She is the female version of Bony James, very smooth and soulful, but sexy. Her second album is plush, with a hint of sensuality as result of the way she forms her notes. Still I long to hear something just a bit stronger from her. I'm becoming a fan of her little by little. Another nice effort.

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