Monday, May 13, 2013

Eugenie Jones Black Lace Blue Tears 2013

Eugenie Jones Black Lace Blue Tears

Seattle Washington is perhaps the best kept secret in jazz. When asked to name the jazz hot beds in the United States the usual suspect top the list in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City and to a slightly lesser extent Los Angeles. The city of Seattle can boast Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones and that is just scratching the surface. The jazz scene in Seattle is alive and well with the debut release from Seattle native vocalist Eugenie Jones. Black Lace and Blue Tears will street on May 28th 2013 and continues in the fine tradition Seattle has become famous for.

Nine of the eleven tunes on the release are original compositions showcasing the unique individuality and style of a vocalist with mad skills and unlimited potential not only as a singer but as an accomplished lyricist. A near perfect ebb and flow permeates the release as Jones makes that transition from straight ahead singer to lyrical poet look effortless.  The original "All The King's Men" is a ballad that will tug at the heartstrings of even the most cynical critic while the covers of "My Funny Valentine" and the Paul Desmond gem "Take Five" are joyous reharms that breath new life into some timeless classics. The joyous "A Good Day" is another Jones original which opens the release and sits the table for an incredibly entertaining outing performed by a vocalist that should start turning some heads in short order.

Eugenie Jones is joined by some of Seattle's finest including Bill Anschell, Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester & Michael Powers. There is a tightly clustered pack of female vocalists pounding the pavement while looking for that big break. A debut release is usually feast or famine and to include nine originals is going all in on your talent. Something tells me the smart money goes on the success of Eugenie Jones and Black Lace Blue Tears.

Eugenie Jones is full of passion and raw emotion and is that rare breed of artist that sidesteps pretentiousness and allows the music to take center stage. Highly entertaining!

4 Stars

Tracks: A Good Day; Can You Dance?; Take Five; All The King's Men; So Hard To Find; Black Lace Blue Tears; Perfect; I Want One; In A Shot of Tequila Or Two; My Funny Valentine; Sat'day Night Blues.

Personnel: Eugenie Jones: vocals; Bill Anschell: piano; Clipper Anderson: bass; Mark Ivester: drums; Michael Powers: guitar.