Tessa Souter: Listen Love (2005)
Take the '60s Pharoah Sanders/Leon Thomas hymn "The Creator Has a Master Plan, which she demystifies. In doing this, Souter finds a different, earthier way to sing it in which none of the spiritual or anthemic quality is lost; the arrangement is buoyed by the soulful bass of Essiet Essiet and the ethereal guitar of Freddie Bryant.
Souter's singing style feels natural and organicher rich, dark voice combines with her ability to see the shape of a tune, so that words seem to come from her soul. The production is pure and simple, and thus the song stays at the center of consciousness. "Caravan, a song that's seen countless performances by countless singers, is reanimated with new dynamics and a hypnotic vocal arrangement.
"You Don't Have To Believe, says the title of one of the singer's originals, but what happens is that the magic happens and you find yourself believing in what she does after all.
Track Listing: The Peacocks; Willow; Caravan; Listen Love; Fragile; You Don't Have to Believe; Concierto de Aranjuez; Insensatez; Left Alone; The Creater Has a Master Plan
Record Label: Narada Jazz