All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

501

Jessy J: True Love

Jeff Winbush By

Sign in to view read count
If half of life is just showing up and the other half is timing, then Jessica Spinella's timing is right on time. Smooth jazz is filled to the brim with saxophonists and while most of them are technically proficient, the sheer volume makes it difficult for a newcomer to stand out. Spinella, aka Jessy J brings more than just another pretty face to the party; her infusion of jazz with Latin rhythms gives her a foundation upon which to build.

True Love, Jessy J's third album and second major label release, bears the signs of a artist standing on the verge of a breakthrough and getting a big push by the record company.

Clocking in at just under an economical 40 minutes, True Love is lean and tight with no unnecessary fat or frills. It also contains no unexpected surprises, but showcases the playing of an increasingly confident Jessy J, asserting her own identity as she fuses Latin influences with jazz. There's a trade-off of spontaneity and improvisation in exchange for good groove, but the end result is rewarding enough so there's nothing about which to be disappointed.

"Tropical Rain," "Forever," and "True Love" are likable if not overly original slices of smoothed out goodness. "Morning of the Carnival" ("Manha De Carnaval") is targeted for the dance floor with its bounce-to-the-beat drum programming from Paul Brown and Gregg Karukas's synth bass and strings. Jessy J adds some breezy, sparse vocals that are sweetly affable if not as accomplished as her saxophone skills. She fares better when accompanied by backing harmonies on "Llegaste Tu" and "Baila!"

Jessy J's route to crafting an enduring career may not lie in following the beaten path of other smooth jazz saxophonists, but in continuing to consolidate Latin influences of "Llegaste Tu" and "Brazilian Dance." Pablo Aguirre's production seems to better serve Jessy J's vocal on "Llegaste Tu," the only song on which she doesn't play, and the graceful "Brazilian Dance," a sensuous duet between her soprano sax and Sergio Aranda's piano and vocals.

True Love ends up evenly divided between the skillful studio wizardry of half its songs and its impassioned, sultry Latin soul. It's a little too soon to chart the trajectory of Jessy J's career arc, but it might eventually fall somewhere between the efficient proficiency as the "hot chick" playing smooth sax and the expressive innovator busy setting trends instead of following them.

Track Listing: Tropical Rain; Forever; True Love; Mr. Prince; Morning of the Carnival (Manha De Carnaval); Somewhere In a Dream; Jessy's Blues; Llegaste Tu; Brazilian Dance; Baila!

Personnel: Jessy J.: tenor and soprano saxophone, flute, vocals; Gregg Karukas: keyboards, bass, strings; Roberto Vally: bass; Sergio Gonzalez: drums; Richie Gajate Garcia: percussion; Paul Brown: guitar, drum programming; Tom Strahle: guitars (8); Danilo Arroyo: percussion (8); Pablo Aguirre: programming (8); Paulina Aguirre: chorus vocals (8); Kenny O' Brien: chorus vocals (8); Sergio Aranda: vocals and piano (9); Paul Brown: chorus vocals (10); Richie Gajate Garcia: chorus vocals (10); Cameron Smith: chorus vocals (10); Roberto Vally: chorus vocals (10).

Title: True Love | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Peak Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

The Tango Boy

The Tango Boy

Jessy J
My One And Only One

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Second Chances

Second Chances

Shanacie
2013

buy
Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce

Heads Up International
2011

buy
True Love

True Love

Peak Records
2009

buy
Tequila Moon

Tequila Moon

Peak Records
2008

buy
My One And Only One

My One And Only One

Shanachie Records
0

buy

View All Events

Create Widget | Open RSS Feed

Date Time Detail Price
Dec21Fri 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Jessy J
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
Dec21Fri 9:00 pm 9:00 pm
Jessy J
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
Dec22Sat 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Jessy J
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
Dec22Sat 9:00 pm 9:00 pm
Jessy J
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA

Related Articles

Read iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba CD/LP/Track Review
iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba
by Troy Dostert
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Little Big CD/LP/Track Review
Little Big
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Globe Unity - 50 Years CD/LP/Track Review
Globe Unity - 50 Years
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Murals CD/LP/Track Review
Murals
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Accelerator CD/LP/Track Review
Accelerator
by Doug Collette
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Shades CD/LP/Track Review
Shades
by Doug Collette
Published: October 20, 2018
Read "Pharaohs From Outer Space" CD/LP/Track Review Pharaohs From Outer Space
by Chris May
Published: July 1, 2018
Read "FABEL" CD/LP/Track Review FABEL
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 12, 2018
Read "Invisible Atlas" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Atlas
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 24, 2018
Read "This World of Dew" CD/LP/Track Review This World of Dew
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 16, 2018
Read "Bad Mouthin'" CD/LP/Track Review Bad Mouthin'
by Doug Collette
Published: September 15, 2018
Read "Demons 1" CD/LP/Track Review Demons 1
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 1, 2017