When it comes to a musical pedigree, CHINA MOSES has got real form. She is the daughter of jazz multiple Grammy award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater while dad is theatre, film and television director Gilbert Moses. Little wonder music and performing have been with China right through her life!
Ms Moses debuted back in 1997 with ‘China’ and quickly became an attraction on the Parisian live music scene (she’s resides in the City Of Light). In 2008 she showed her jazz roots with ‘This One’s For Dinah’ – her tribute to Dinah Washington which was followed by ‘Crazy Blues’ in 2012.
For her latest album China is offering something quite different. ‘Nightintales’ is, in old fashioned music parlance, a “concept” album. For the first time all songs on the 11 tracker are her own and through China, the narrator, we’re taken on a journey through the night. A night that brings romance (‘Hang Over’), rejection (‘Whatever), vices (‘Nicotine’), reckless passion (‘Put It On The Line’) and finally self awakening (‘Running’). In between there are pleasurable moments in smoky jazz clubs (‘Blame Jerry’) and intrigue in bijou hotels (‘Lobby Call’)
Musically, China and producer Anthony Marshall have conjured up myriad moods that range from the mournful piano led ballad that is ‘Ticking Boxes’ through to the fun-filled jazz homages (the aforementioned ‘Blame Jerry’… but don’t ask who Jerry is).
Vocally Ms Moses has an odd, unique voice…. odd and unique in the way that Macy Gray’s voice is. And as with Macy, with China you can expect the unexpected!