JAZZMEIA HORN isn’t a name that you’ll easily forget – and we at SJF are certain that you’ll be hearing much more about this phenomenal 26-year-old Texas jazz singer in the months – and, indeed, years – to come. Compared with Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter by some observers, this super-talented winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition has just released her debut album, ‘A Social Call,’ on the revived Prestige imprint via Concord Records.
With her material ranging from imperishable classics like ‘Afro-Blue,’ ‘ and ‘Moanin” to The Stylistics’ ‘People Make The World Go Round’ and Rose Royce’s/Mary J Blige’s ‘I’m Going Down,’ ‘A Social Call’ proves to be a varied, 10-track set that shows that the young chanteuse possesses some virtuosic chops and comes straight from the jazz tradition of scatting and rendering the standards of the genre – though crucially, and which sets her parts from others, is that she also infuses her music with strong gospel and neo-soul inflections. There’s also a palpable socio-political facet that underpins her work and gives her a definite edge and contemporary relevance.
‘A Social Call’ is out now on Prestige/Concord. Look out for an interview with Jazzmeia coming soon at SJF.
Find out more about JAZZMEIA HORN here: https://www.theartistryofjazzhorn.com/