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TOP TEN JAZZ RECORD OF THE YEAR, LONDON SUNDAY TIMES
#1 BEST VOCAL JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR, KEN DRYDEN, NY JAZZ RECORD/NPR CRITICS POLL
#1 BEST VOCAL JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR, W ROYAL STOKES, NPR CRITICS POLL
#1 BEST VOCAL DISC OF THE YEAR, JAY HUNTER. WVCR 88.8 FM
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE WEEK, LONDON EVENING STANDARD
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE WEEK, LONDON SUNDAY TIMES
“Exploring her mixed heritage, the expat with a penchant for Wayne Shorter raises songs to the level of poetry.” SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE, TOP TEN JAZZ RECORD OF THE YEAR “A meditation on race and identity, the project mines the borderless zone where blood flows into socially constructed categories.’ SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE “Souter’s expressive warmth, impassioned eloquence and unfailingly beautiful timbre are an ever-present backdrop to this singularly powerful collection . . . It is impossible not to be transfixed by the inventiveness and potency of Souter’s artistry.” JAZZWISE, 4 OUT OF 4 STARS “A singer and composer blessed with wide-ranging vocals and a post-bop sensibility, through which she filters sounds from West Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Andalusian Spain.” LONDON EVENING STANDARD, JAZZ ALBUM OF THE WEEK
London-born, New York-based Tessa Souter is an extraordinary live performer, heralded by the LA Times and Time Out New York as “world class” and a “must-see.” A six-time festival favorite at the Xerox International Jazz Festival, Tessa’s 2017 appearance there was singled out by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, from a star-studded roster, as “the one show not to miss” over the entire nine-day festival. And she recently returned from a three-week sold out tour of the Russian philharmonic halls as the featured guest of Russian piano star, Daniel Kramer, receiving standing ovations at each show.
Her new CD, Picture in Black and White, the second of her albums to be a London Sunday Times magazine Top Ten Jazz Record of the Year, was inspired by her discovery, upon meeting him at age 28, that her birth father was black, having been brought up to believe he was white – and the son of a Spanish flamenco dancer. It’s a riveting journey tracing the artist’s “musical DNA” from Africa to the Caribbean, Celtic Britain and Andalusian Spain, via the music of Wayne Shorter (who granted her shared writing credit on ‘Ana Maria’), Ornette Coleman, Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow, Milton Nascimento, Ayub Ogada, U2 and more.
A jazz vocalist with a sumptuous sound and an unerring ear for fresh and unexpected material, ever since the release of her 2004 debut, Listen Love, she has cast an increasingly wide net, from contributing original lyrics to instrumental jazz standards and re-imagining classic British rock, to her Third Stream project, Beyond the Blue, a 2013 London Sunday Times Top Ten Record of the Year, starring Steve Kuhn, Joe Locke, David Finck, Joel Frahm, Gary Versace and Billy Drummond, and featuring her original lyrics to classical gems. In a rave review in the Chicago Examiner, Grammy Award-winning journalist and radio host, Neil Tesser, called it “the most frankly romantic album I’ve heard this year,” praising her “exhilaratingly mature lyrics” and “clarion, gently burnished timbre.”
Calling upon the talents of some of New York’s finest first-call musicians, Picture in Black and White is “A remarkable journey into the interior of the human heart” [AllAboutJazz] and yet another revelatory step by an artist on a decidedly unconventional path.
Band: Yotam Silberstein (guitar), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Keita Ogawa (percussion), Adam Platt (piano), Dana Leong (cello), Billy Drummond (cymbals and drums)
A TASTE OF HONEY