Last year’s record A Social Call by 26 year old jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn earned Ms. Horn a grammy nomination earlier this year for the jazz category 2018 Grammy Awards. There at the 60th Grammy Awards she put on a fiery soulful performance of the track “Moanin'” off of this record. The up-and-coming Dallas, Texas, raised jazz star can be easily mistaken for a fresh Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, or Cécile McLorin Salvant. Her backing band on A Social Call consists of the great talents of Ben Williams on bass, pianist Victor Gould, drummer Jerome Jennings, saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trumpeter Josh Evans, and trombonist Frank Lacy.
What make this album stand out from some of the other recent jazz releases is its crafty qualities of a musical melting pot of politics, religion, race, spirituality, shifting moods, and of course jazz. A few of my favorite tracks on this album are “Tight,” “East of the Sun (And West of the Moon),” “Lift Every Voice and Sing / Moanin’,” and “Afro Blue / Eye See You / Wade In The Water.” The Eye See You portion of that last track is a personal poem Ms. Horn wrote to fit snugly in between the two jazz covers.
I would give this album a 9 out of 10 rating for its incredible mix of scatting, jazz vocals, spoken word, blues, and neo-soul elements. Jazzmeia Horn’s voice is both so unique and familiar, she is like an old friend serenading you after a long time apart.
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