Lush tasty vocal jazz Lauren Henderson – ALMA OSCURA: Wow, what a difference only a few months can make… when I reviewed Lauren’s “Riptide” album last year, I was impressed, but as you’ll hear and see in the trailer video for the new album, she’s advanced rapidly…
…it would have been nice to have the player list as part of this promo video (in addition to Lauren’s great vocals, you’ll also hear bass Michael Thurber; piano Sullivan Fortner & Damian Sim; guitar Gabe Schneider; clarinet Mark Dover; flute Emi Fergusion; trumpet Jon Lampley; drums Allan Mednard & Joe Saylor; percussion Moses Patrou; violin soloist Tessa Lark; violins Lavinia Pavlish & Brendan Speltz; harp Charles Overton; viola Rose Hashimoto; cello Tara Hanish, with guest vocals from Leo Sidran and production by Michael Thurber), but that can wait until the next release… in the meantime, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Lauren’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many more exciting productions.
One of the best tunes is also among the shortest… “El Arbol” only clocks in at 2:23, but it’s just FULL of life & a true zest for living… the piano on this one makes me (as a pianist) envious… a GREAT song – I predict this one will be getting some MAJOR airplay!
Michael’s bass on the title track, “Alma Oscura” (Dark Soul), is pure perfection, and Emi’s flute is absolutely beautiful; you’ll fall in love with this just as quickly as I did, I’ve no doubt.
It was quite easy to pick my personal favorite from the eight great songs Lauren offers up for your aural entertainment… “Something Bigger” is totally together, and will wrap you right into the spell immediately!
I give Lauren and her cast of players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this release. Get more information on Lauren’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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