Picture in Black and White Reviews

“[A] remarkable journey to the interior of the human heart.” Victor L. Schermer, AllAboutJazz   READ

“A beautiful, spiritual album. . . Picture in Black and White feels like the kind of journey saxophonist Wayne Shorter has taken us on with albums such as JuJu and The Soothsayer.” Marc Myers, JazzWax  READ

“A pensive journey across the colour line.” Jazz Album of the Week, Clive Davis, Sunday Times (UK) READ

“Always a singer with a dramatist’s flair for embodying a lyric and an attraction to adventurous settings, Souter’s autobiographical new album [traces] her roots through Africa, Andalusia and Celtic Britain . . .  with an eclectic collection that ranges from Kenyan song to Ornette Coleman to a U2 hit, transforming each with an intelligent ear for sincere globalism.” Shaun Brady, Philly Jazz Guide, WXPN 88.5FM READ

“A brilliant and beautiful new album, which glows with a universal resonance. The songs are individually exquisite and collectively powerful and moving . . . Souter, with gorgeous, often breathtaking vocalizing and deeply moving songwriting, ranks in the uppermost echelon of contemporary artists.” Paul Freeman, PopCultureClassics READ

“A masterpiece.” Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle READ

” . . .  an exquisite musical exploration of her identity. . . . gorgeous tone and impeccable phrasing, Souter’s voice is thrilling throughout.” Ron Netsky, Rochester City News READ

“This album is much more than a rich collection of unusual songs, beautifully sung. It has the narrative arc of a fine short story, told with the intelligence and heart that Tessa brings to all her singing and prose-writing. Once more she has taken the endangered art of the album and mined it to its fullest.” James Gavin, Two-time recipient of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor-Virgil Thomson Award for excellent in music journalism

PREVIEWS

Picture in Black and White explores the tangled roots of her biracial heritage. It’s the sound of an artist doing things her own way.” John Payne, LA Weekly READ

” A meditation on race and identity, the project mines the borderless zone where blood flows into socially constructed categories.’ Andrew GIlbert, San Francisco Chronicle READ

“Tessa souter talks about the life=changing personal discoveries that led to her upcoming album Picture in Black and White.”  Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News interview  READ