Jessica Lauren – Almer’ia (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:01:40 minutes | 640 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Freestyle Records
The albums’ opener – Kofi Nomad is a deeply percussive afrocentric epic, featuring the beautiful baritone saxaphone of Tamar ‘Collocutor’ Osborn, one of the most in demand woodwind players working today, underpinned by a powerful foundation of percussion courtesy of Richard l’at’und’e Baker, Phillip Harper and drummer Cosimo Keita Cadore.
Jessicas’ amazing skill for writing simple, understated yet superbly memorable and catchy hooks remains undiminished. Highlights in this new collection are almost too numerous to mention, but Amalfi is a breezy bossa, which conjures up images of easy living days and sun dappled Mediterranean coastlines, whilst the angular and brooding Simba Jike has something of an Eddie Harris style deep, dark groove over which Jessica riffs and solos beautifully on grand piano – and Tamar once again blows freely, whilst ‘level’ Neville Malcolms’ upright bass figure roots the entire thing in a solid, almost primeval sound.
The albums closing statement Argentina is a masterpiece of pathos and perfectly demonstrates Jessicas’ approach which is almost akin to a minimalist architecture style of composing and playing, such is the strength of its atmosphere and subtlety…
01 – Kofi Nomad (00:11:30)
02 – Teck Et Bambou (00:07:48)
03 – Amalfi (00:05:51)
04 – Simba Jike (00:09:24)
05 – Chichourlette (00:06:29)
06 – Bells Ring for Esmeralda (00:04:28)
07 – Beija Flor (00:05:11)
08 – Chocolate Con Churros (00:02:11)
09 – Argentina (00:08:48)