5 out of 5 Stars
By day, she is a successful lawyer. By night, she is a jazz diva. Jordana Talsky has nonetheless come a long way since when I first jammed with her during the Rex days.
On her debut album, it is an all-star affair packed with clever arrangements and full of soul and depth. It is evident upon hearing the first track, a funky jazz take on the 80’s classic “Black Velvet”, opened with a beatbox into that sets up the rhythm perfectly.
“Murder By Numbers” is a nice 12/8 set up before going into 4/4 shuffle, making this STING classic a very hipster number. Old Devil Moon is given the latin treatment, which happens to be one of the highlights of this stellar recording. At the same time, the highlight goes to “Devil May Care”, which is a moody, funky, soulful take on a Bob Dorough jazz standard.
Upon hearing this record, Jordana has a very clear as crystal voice combined with a personality that is bubbly like a fine champagne. I enjoyed it so much I can say that this debut record would make a spot on one of the Canadian jazz albums of the year.
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