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A Conversation with Kosi

Read "A Conversation with Kosi" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On her new album, Stranger in Every Town, vocalist Kosi draws from her experience traveling alone across the US as a singer/songwriter. This albums features Kosi on vocals, Satish Robertson on trumpet, Brendon Biagi on tenor saxophone, Jason Marshall on baritone saxophone, Jeremy Aaron on violin, Jeff Young on guitar, John Lander on piano, Leo Smith on bass, Jarrett Walser on drums, Jimmy Lopez on percussions, Crystal Rhoney on background vocals, and Joe Davi on stomps and claps. ...

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Kosi: I Know Who I Am

Read "I Know Who I Am" reviewed by James Nadal

With a resolute commitment to her art, singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Kosi (Akosua Gyebi) has recently released various acclaimed records, culminating with a superb tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound in 2015. The aptly titled I Know Who I Am is a personal odyssey through love, guilt, and absolution, leading to self-acceptance and validation, expressed with a voice that flows impeccably from jazz to spirituals, that never wanders far from the blues. Accompanied by the musicians that have ...

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Kosi: Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound

Read "Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) was a singer, actress, civil rights activist, writer, and artist. As one of jazz's truest storytellers, she painted from a stylistic palette that was as traditional as it was her own. After a string of albums in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she shunned the politics of the music industry to pursue a film career, only to return to her first love a decade later, more determined than ever to strengthen the import of her message. ...

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Kosi at The Way Station

Read "Kosi at The Way Station" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Kosi The Way Station Brooklyn, NY June 24, 2015 Kosi has devalued the phrase “unsung hero" by being a valuable heroine of song. The New York-based singer-songwriter has dropped three albums so far in her fiercely independent career. Between the intimate guitar-accompanied One More Cup of Coffee and her full band follow-up Pictures of Us, she had already described a lifetime's worth of ups and downs for the self-reflective listener. In anticipation of her latest ...

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Kosi: Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound

Read "Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the third album by New York City based vocalist and songwriter Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi). Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound is a tribute to one of Kosi's main influences, Abbey Lincoln, her other chief influence being Nina Simone. All ten tracks have a connection with Lincoln being either wholly or co-written by her.“Learning How To Listen" is a delicate ballad, showcasing Kosi's plaintively soulful voice accompanied just by guitar -and benefits from an excellent solo from ...

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Kosi: Pictures of Us

Read "Pictures of Us" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Following her solo debut, One More Cup of Coffee, New York singer Kosi surrounds herself with a full band, armed with a fresh set of originals (plus a couple of standards), ready to take on the world. Whereas that first album featured only guitar and voice, now we encounter trumpet, bass, drums, and tenor saxophone from musicians that understand exactly the mood she wants to create. Despite the larger roster, the overall feeling is open, free, and easy. That said, ...

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Kosi: Pictures of Us

Read "Pictures of Us" reviewed by Roger Farbey

“Wild is the Wind" opens with a graceful flugelhorn solo by Angeleisha “Trumpetess" Rodgers, a welcome change of tack for a vocal-based album with the singularly-named Kosi only entering three minutes into the number. “I Already Know" continues the slow ballad tempo of the opener, but with the added benefit of a magnetic hook line of the repeated angst-ridden title, at once moving and extremely effective. “Brianna," a soulful ballad, is both musically and lyrically haunting. In Duke ...


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