Ultra cool original jazz stories Joan Watson-Jones – CHOICES: Jazz vocalist Joan Watson-Jones is a new listen for me; on this album full of ultra cool original jazz stories, she is joined by pianist Frank Wilson, bassist Dave Zox and drummer Alvin Terry… though I didn’t find any performances from the current release, I recommend you watch this earlier video to get a real feel for Joan’s shimmering jazz style…
…be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Joan’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many other fine performances… I did.
Joan wrote “Martin” (no samples available yet; the album releases in May, 2020; I’ll come back and add those links in when I’m told it’s gone live), a song about Doctor King, after attending a rally with her dad in Harlem… soulfully performed, this tune will be a favorite with jazz DJ’s around the globe!
I particularly enjoyed Joan’s original “I Ain’t Just a Pretty Face”, which projects the full power of womanhood magnificently… if any song is “jazz” – this is IT, folks.
There’s a real “back-alley feel” to the 2:55 opener, “Topsy 2″… this is another tune I believe jazz DJ’s all across the globe will be spinning regularly over the coming months & years!
Of the eleven solid jazz vocals Joan offers up for our aural enjoyment, it was easy to choose my personal favorite… “A Glass of Wine” is a truly comforting tune with a laid-back and comforting groove.
I give Joan and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this most enjoyable album. Get more information on Joan’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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