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Almeria / Jessica Lauren

Jessica Lauren - Almeria


"Almeria", a province of Spain is scenic, sublime and a natural paradise not known to everyone. For pianist Jessica Lauren, it's a place filled with fond memories and a romantic charm. They serve as an ideal inspiration to this beautiful new release. Lauren's warm approach to harmony and rhythm are reflected in this blissful collection of modal compositions. "Kofi Nomad" is a simmering afro rhythmic tune augmented by Collocutor member Tamar Osborn's baritone sax phrasings. "Amalfi" is a brimming bossa nova treat that features trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, Osborn on flute with Lauren singing the melody. The closing "Argentina" is a stirring duet between Lauren and Osborn. Lauren's channels the subtlety of Horace Silver on this wonderful ballad. Simply put this is another winner from the premier pianist that shouldn't be missed.

Reg Dancy, 05/18