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Jessica Lauren - Almería
CD Album
Vinyl LP

Jessica Lauren


Freestyle Records

Released: 4th May 2018 | 9 track jazz piano album

Since the early 1990s, keyboard player Jessica Lauren has been a familiar part of London's alternative music scene. Jessica's keyboard skills have augmented the live performances and studio recordings of world renowned artists such as Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason, Japan's United Future Organisation, and UK soul diva Juliet Roberts.

Her previous Freestyle album 'Jessica Lauren Four' (2012) highlighted Jessica's minimalist approach, something rare and refreshing in the jazz world: she instills her compositions and playing with a refined sense of space which makes her music as much about what she doesn't play as what she does.

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 Ọlátúndé 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.

"Absolutely LOVE this. Added Kofi Nomad to our playlist today"
Chris Philips, Jazz FM
"Jessica can do no wrong in my book! She's brilliant as always!"
Jamal Ahmad, Jazz 91.9fm WCLK Atlanta
"This is jazz!"
Anders, Le Mellotron
"Jessica Lauren is a living legend, always love to hear some new production from her! Great jazz tunes"
DJ Keyser, Cratesoul Radio Show
"Musically melodic, the music holds the attention in more ways than one, and is Intoxicatingly lovely. Very Highly recommended"
Rich Chocolate, Soulvation Radio Show
"This is a sublime piece of work. So very few folks are still applying this kind of dedication to the music. An instant timeless classic."
Cyndi Handson, Handson Family
"I have been waiting a long time for this. Superb."
Nick Davies, Radio Winchcombe
"Further excellent behaviour!"
Brian Hurst,
"Excellent....pure joy for my ears!"
Jazzcat, Mi-Soul Connoisseurs
"Jessica Lauren is the best of whats good about Jazz!"
Jay Scarlett, Br Puls Sounds supreme