album of the week: Jazzmeia Horn, Love And Liberation, Concord *****
The Texas born singer songwriter Jazzmeia Horn does not disappoint. Horn is changing jazz vocals already and she is still only on her second run around the block in terms of albums: Love And Liberation follows a couple of years on from A Social Call while nominated for a Grammy isn’t half as good as this although she showed her poise and steeliness on ‘The Peacocks’. In 2015 she won what was then called the Monk competition, the most prestigious of its kind in the world by then her playing credits had already included Junior Mance, Ellis Marsalis, Peter Bernstein, Frank Wess and Delfeayo Marsalis. I cannot think of a bad track, the personnel with her this time around who include pianists Victor Gould and special guest Sullivan Fortner on the Chris Dunn produced album plus tenor saxophonist Stacey Dillard and trumpeter Josh Evans, the ex-Unity Band former Blanchard bassist Ben Williams (another Monk winner back in 2009), and yet another Monk victor drummer Jamison Ross (2012). Covers on Love and Liberation are Jon Hendrick’s ‘No More’ , Erykah Badu’s ‘Green Eyes’, Rachelle Farrell’s ‘Reflection of My Heart’ duetting with Ross (singing) here and silky as ever, and Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Mercer’s ‘I Thought About You.’ The record was released last Friday. ‘When I Say’ shows best how intuitively Horn inhabits that boisterous rollercoaster of a Betty Carter sound and the originals sound like standards. Perth (22 November), Glasgow (23 Nov) and Edinburgh (24 Nov) audiences will hear her with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra this autumn, click for more information SG.