Jazzmeia Horn – When I Say

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“Some of these songs are very cute and fun,” Horn admits. “But a lot of them are meditations and have deep meaning that people can listen to, to help free up their minds. People of all creeds and races, and even all generations because there’s a lot of tradition in this music. My godfather gave me the best compliment when I played the album for him. He said, I’m really proud of you because this music sounds like what Ella [Fitzgerald] or Billie [Holiday] or Abbey [Lincoln] or Nina [Simone] would have evolved into.” – Jazzmeia Horn.

“When I Say” from an upcoming album Love and Liberation, available August 23 .

“Horn, a winner of both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition (2015) and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (2013), released her debut, A Social Call, two years ago on Concord Jazz. The album brought critical acclaim and no small amount of attention: it received a 2018 Grammy nomination, and Horn brought the house down at the pre-televised concert.

For Love and Liberation, Horn worked again with producer Chris Dunn, and a musical cast that includes pianist Victor Gould and drummer, fellow vocalist, and labelmate Jamison Ross. The album clearly reflects deeper reserves of experience for Horn, who has spent the last couple of years almost perpetually on tour — honing her skills not only as a performer but also as a bandleader, after the example of a prominent role model, Betty Carter.” – Nate Chinen/WBGO.