Released on April 12th 2019 is ‘A Little Love,’ the sensational debut album by rising American jazz chanteuse, QUIANA LYNELL.
The Texas-born singer, who won the 2017 Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition, was immersed in gospel music from a young age and it shows in her warm, soulful, storytelling style.
Mentored by jazz trumpeter maven, Terence Blanchard, with whom she performed on his tribute to film director, Spike Lee, Lynell – who cites Dianne Reeves as a major influence – recently signed to Concord Records and teamed up with noted producer, Brian Bacchus, for her first album.
‘A Little Love’ is an accomplished debut that effortlessly straddles the worlds of jazz, gospel, blues and soul. The singer serves up impressive interpretations of Donny Hathaway’s ‘Tryin’ Times’ and the Jerry Ragovoy-co-written ‘Move Me No Mountain,’ as recorded by Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan. Singing drummer, Jamison Ross, duets with Lynell on a swinging version of the Gershwin-written jazz standard, ‘They All Laughed,’ and there are also striking renditions of songs associated with Carmen McRae (‘Just A Little Lovin”) and Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughan (‘You Hit The Spot,’ featuring guitarist, Ed Cherry). Also listen out for a spellbinding version of Duke Ellington’s spiritual ballad, ‘Come Sunday,’ which segues into Billy Taylor’s Nina Simone-associated ‘I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free).’ Lynell also shows that she’s no stranger to the blues with her sassy rendition of ‘Hip Shakin’ Mama.’
Quiana Lynell’s ‘A Little Love’ is released on April 12th by Concord Records