Jazz From The Young (Music Thoughts: When I Fall In Love, Jessica Young)

downloadOn Jessica Young’s Soundcloud page (here) the blurb for her have her described as  “a little bit Sade, a lot Billie Holiday, a dash of Janis Joplin.”  Tall orders, for sure. As I listen to her album ‘When I Fall In Love,” I can say I don’t get the Sade at all (on the album cover she looks a little bit, maybe) and there is no Joplin rawness, but there does seem to a bit of Holiday mannerisms.  What I do hear is someone young with good musicality, if a bit green on lyrical interpretation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – she will obtain life experiences and her singing will deepen, and richer. Maybe she will even shed her Billie mannerisms and vocal stylings which sometimes sound forced because she wants to sound ‘jazzy.’  But she isn’t bad at all here, and shows a lot of promise.  For sure, I can sense that she has great affinity for this music and will evolve on her own. But for now, not just yet.

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