Master Composers: Jessy J covers many ranges on new album

Image courtesy of my own personal collection

Image courtesy of my own personal collection

Born December 20, 1982 as Jessica Arellanois, this smooth jazz saxophonist extraordinaire is not to be confused with the United Kingdom’s pop songstress spelled Jessie J.

I have been a huge fan of Jessica Arellanois’ music ever since she made waves after being discovered by Paul Brown nearly a decade ago.

By the time she graduated from USC, she was well on her way.  Around the time that the 2008 recession rocked the stock market, her debut album “Tequila Moon” was named Song of the Year by both Billboard Magazine, along with Radio and Records.

She followed that early success by staying mostly in that southern California frame of mind with a really cool sophomore album in 2009, “True Love”.  Her key song that gained a huge following on radio was “Tropical Rain”.  “Somewhere in a Dream” and “Brazilian Dance” are also other songs to check out.

Hot Sauce and Second Chances gave Jessy J a chance to explore more into the R&B flavor of jazz while collaborating with really cool talents ranging from Jimmy Haslip, Jeff Lorber, and Norman Brown.  Even famed rocker who sang the 1984 megahit theme song to the movie Ghostbusters, Ray Parker, Jr. was also a key influence in her musical career.

This past Tuesday, My One and Only One was released, which is her second album under the Shanachie Entertainment Corporation label.

There is both a nice and mellow mix of pace, great songs to dine with when entertaining guests or just if you wish to kick off your shoes after a hectic day at work or shopping with friends.

Besides the title track, my favorite songs were on Track 4 “The Tango Boy” and the clever chanting on Track 5 with “Paraiso Magico”.

The pace slows down considerably on four of the final 5 tracks.  Songs worth a listen include “You’re Makin’ Me High” on Track 7, “Siempre” on Track 8 (romantic number about a woman looking for that special man in her life) and paying tribute to Cuba on Track 9.  The final track picks up where it began with “Strawberry Letter 23.”

With Gregg Karukas and Paul Brown helping out–not only is Jessy J getting back into Brazilian grooves, she is doing it on her own terms.

I was captivated by this set of quotes from one of her videos that is on her website at JessyJ.com.  She talks about what she hopes to accomplish with this being her fifth album and hopefully many more to come:

My One And Only One is another big step in my musical dream of achieving diversity and originality through music–practice, patience, gratitude, and experience…These songs also reflect my journey of life and love.”

Plenty of sensual Latin rhythms in this album, so get yourself an autographed copy while there is still time.  Overall, an excellent album covering many diverse lands and tastes that is definitely worth adding to your collection.

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