One Ounce of Truth

One Ounce of Truth

by Capathia Jenkins


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One Ounce of Truth

The team of singer Capathia Jenkins and guitarist-composer-arranger Louis Rosen had previously collaborated on a musical project set to Langston Hughes lyrics, following it up with a dozen songs based on poems of Maya Angelou, and the suite "South Side Stories." On One Ounce of Truth, Rosen wrote music to fit the poems of Nikki Giovanni which is sung by Capathia Jenkins in her angelic voice. The mature lyrics deal with love, friendship, loss, sex, acceptance, and a poem that was originally dedicated to Nina Simone. Usually when poems are set to music, the results are somewhat pompous art songs, with the music being as awkward as the poems themselves. On One Ounce of Truth, Louis Rosen defies expectations and writes catchy melodies that fit the poems, even turning one poem ("I Want to Sing") into a 12-bar blues. Since little improvisation takes place, this is more cabaret than jazz although it has the feeling of jazz in spots. Capathia Jenkins has a beautiful voice with a wide range and could probably sing anything she desired. Louis Rosen's arrangements contain variety and are skillful although it is unfortunate that the other musicians are completely unidentified. The music on One Ounce of Truth, which is difficult to classify, is well worth exploring, particularly by fans of the writings of Nikki Giovanni.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: P.S. Classics
UPC: 0803607086329
catalogNumber: 863

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Capathia Jenkins   Primary Artist,Vocals
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Bruce Eidem   Trombone
Kevin Kuhn   Electric Guitar
Andrew Sterman   Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Erik Charleston   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas,Vibes
Kimberly Grigsby   Piano
Rob Moose   Violin
Louis Rosen   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conductor,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
Gary Seligson   Drums

Technical Credits

Nikki Giovanni   Composer,Poetry
Tommy Krasker   Executive Producer
Scott Lehrer   Producer,Engineer
Capathia Jenkins   Producer
Bart Migal   Engineer
Derek Bishop   Art Direction
Louis Rosen   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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