brought in 2008 a sexy note into the smooth jazz
scene, when she started her solo career with her album Tequila
Moon. Under the patronage of hit-producer Paul Brown she was
soon the optical and acoustic highlight on many festival and events.
Jessy not only places high value on her musical
education, graduating with a degree at the
University of Southern California, she also
carefully maintains her external appearance. With that penchant for
perfection also her albums True Love (2009) and Hot
Sauce (2011) are equipped. Her previous albums were
released on Heads Up Records. Her new album Second Chances
will be released on
This is not only a change of the label. For the
first time she produced the complete album herself. To secure the
high quality of her album she worked with top-musicians
like Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Norman Brown, Johnny Britt and Joe
On the introducing track Listen 2 The Groove
Jessy performs with Jeff Lorber, she knows
since the Guitars and Saxes Tour in 2008. Although Jeff has released
in the recent years only Jazz Fusion albums, he delivers a brilliant
result, when it comes to a smooth jazz production. With Jimmy Haslip
on bass and Tony Moore on drums Jessy can fully develop her ideas.
Her second tune Second Chances features guitarist Norman
Brown and singer and trumpet player Jimmy Britt, who just released
his album Feels So Good. Norman's guitar solo gives the
tune that extra something. Roberta Flack's huge hit Feel Like
Makin' Love gets a new look by Jessy, a Latin tinged lounge
tune. Tim Stewart does a fantastic job on acoustic guitar.
Jessy explores the Latin world with Carlinhos Brown's Magalenha,
to find on Sergio Mendez' Grammy awarded album Brasileiro.
She transformes the Bossa Nova piece into the smooth jazz format and
adds her own accents. Jessy lives her love of Latin American music
also on the following Tango For Two. A collaboration
between Jessy, Jeff and Jimmy, who bring all their knowledge into
On Dos Jessy is joined by bassist Bryant Siono (Backstreet
Boys, J-Lo) and guitarist Facundo. Another crew, another music.
Jessy performs flute and soprano sax, while Facundo hums the
background line. La Luna Feliz presents Jessy singing the
Spanish melody and performing on tenor sax and flute. Bryant Siono
on guitar and Charles Streeter on drums show some superior inserts.
Looks like Jessy J was converted by Jeff Lorber to fusion jazz on
Double Trouble. “I really got into the whole Jeff vibe on this
track and so the melody came out on my tenor saxophone and he
doubled it on the mini-moog, which made it sound really deep and
thick. The melody really flows and being the producer I could
interpret the music however I wanted to,” she shares.
With Mambo Gumbo Johnny Britt gives a
funky overview of New Orleans music scene. Joe Sample supported
Jessy in writing the song. On the final song
Twice Johnny Britt brings a lot of his personality and
makes the song his own.
Jessy J underlines with her fourth album Second Chances her
progress in many ways. Entertaining from beginning to end Jessy
unveiled her manifold qualities as a musician, composer, arranger
and producer. Respect!
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Title: Second Chances
Artist: Jessy J
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
01 Listen 2 The Groove (feat. Jeff Lorber) [5:01]
02 Second Chances (feat. Norman Brown) [3:46]
03 Feel Like Makin' Love [3:38]
04 Magalenha [4:29]
05 Tango For Two [4:19]
06 Dos [4:19]
07 La Luna Feliz [3:29]
08 Double Trouble (feat. Jeff Lorber & Jimmy Haslip) [5:19]
09 Mambo Gumbo (feat. Johnny Britt) [3:10]
10 Twice [4:45]