Akosua Gyebi, known as Kosi released her debut album One More Cup of Coffee. Deeply rooted in the New York scene, Kosi weaves along guitarist Aron Marshak powerful melodies in graceful style. From folk, blues, to jazz, Kosi captures urban tales in a contralto emotive tone.
Indeed, with a voice husky with emotion, Kosi sings her heart out. Singing about love, reflecting upon urban life or just whistling upon guitar riffs, Kosi is generous with her approach to voicing rhythm. A delicate touch reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, some blues influences, and simple words are components of Kosi's approach to jazz. Sensitive in "One More Cup of Coffee" and "Little Miss Generous," while piercing to sobs in operatic fashion in "Marlene," Kosi either delivers lyrics in hushed tones or cries out emotions.
With familiar intimacy, Marchak attends to every rise and fall of Kosi's voice while keeping the bass rhythm intact. Nevertheless, Marchak often indulges in jazz solo phrasing to bring a touch of his own. The duet brings to life emotions, characters, feelings and portraits. "Coldest Summer," "Karen" "Need Your Love" or "Last Shot" are notable examples where compositions are pushed further into the realms of the theatrical.
All in all, One More Cup of Coffee revives the tradition of the accomplished guitarist and singer song writer who can move from traditional material to construct socially conscious and emotively loaded melodies. Kosi's refined and spontaneous approach could promise more experimentation as well as more maturation.
Track Listing: Goodbye Pork Pie; One More Cup of Coffee; Little Miss Generous; The
Coldest Summer; Karen; Autumn in New York; Need Your Love; The Last
Shot; Marlene; Once and Future
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.