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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
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...