With or without the E, JEAN CARNE is a soul legend amongst the cognoscenti and at 75 she still delivers. You may remember that last May she collaborated Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of the Jazz Is Dead record label for an esoteric album that took her right back to her jazz roots.
Her latest album, however, sees the evergreen performer return to what she’s best remembered for – Philly Soul. Jean’s teamed up with Butch Ingram and Society Hill Records for a ten song album that digs deep into Philadelphia’s heritage – which is what Society Hill is all about, after all!
The LP is entitled ‘The Jazzy Soulful Sounds of Jean Carne & Friends’. Amongst the guesting “friends” are sax man Don “Juan” Ward, TRU, the “Legendary” Bluenotes and ex-Temptation, Glenn Leonard. Glenn joins Jean on the Dexter Wansell ballad, ‘One Million Miles From The Ground’. Amongst the other familiar songs are versions of Shirley Jones’ ‘Do You Get Enough Love’, Teddy P’s ‘Is It Still Good To Ya’ and the Bluenotes’ ‘You Know How To Make Me’. Jean also revisits her 1986 Norman Connors collaboration, ‘Closer Than Close’, her ‘Spirit Of Love’ and the Wayne Shorter penned ‘Infant Eyes which she recorded with her then husband, Doug Carn in 1971.
Thus, this collection can be seen as a sort of career retrospective on Ms. C’s long and distinguished career and it’s good to go now via Society Hill.