Delightfully personable jazz vocals Jenna McClean – BRIGHTER DAY: The mark of a jazz vocalist at the TOP is always the ability to do the vocals in total synch with the players supporting them, and as you watch her live performance of the title track of her new album (and an original penned by Jenna), “Brighter Day“, & you’ll realize this young lady IS on top of it…
…Jenna’s supporting players are RIGHT ON with her (Steve Kovalcheck – guitar Tom Amend – piano Seth Lewis – bass Brian Claxton – drums)… be sure to SUBSCRIBE to her YouTube channel, too, where you’ll find many other great videos – I did.
Jenna has real diversity in her picks of songs, as well… her performance on one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs, “Strong and Wrong“, is totally unique; she makes the song all her own, to be sure, and her “pacing” is pure perfection… I just LOVE this one… I’ve no doubt it will be getting some MAJOR airplay ’round the globe!
Since I’m a keyboardist (when I’m performing, not often these days), it was truly easy to fall in love with “Lover Man“… there’s no “cutesy, artsy-fartsy” stuff in Jenna’s performance here… this is REAL jazz, to be sure.
Of the nine songs Jenna offers up for your jazz enjoyment, my personal favorite is (without question) her ultra-hip rendition (and her lyrics) on Wayne Shorter’s “Fee Fi Fo Fum“… though it’s one of the shorter tracks (4:23), Jenna’s spirit just shines through from the opening note to the last measure!
I give Jenna & her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this finely performed jazz adventure. Get more information on Jenna’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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