VERY LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION OF JASMINE KARA'S DEBUT ALBUM - RELEASED ON ACID JAZZ RECORDS
THE BLUES AIN'T NOTHING BUT A GOOD WOMAN GONE BAD - AJX LP270
includes the singles In The Basement and Ain't No More Room as well as a storming version of Ordinary joe amongst others
You can hear it in the opening bars of the
opening number. It’s the sound of a real singer, in a proper recording studio
taking on the blues and winning hands down.
Jasmine Kara’s ability to bare her soul is quite
extraordinary in one so young. Yet when
you take into account the youthful, traumatic love affair that left her at her
lowest ebb and her subsequent escape to New York, you start to understand how
she can relate to these songs.
Her time in NYC was seminal. On arrival in the city Jasmine gravitated
towards its music scene, the jazz, blues and R’n’B clubs having a particular
resonance for her. These songs touched
her and struck a chord with her own life struggles. i
t wasn’t long before Jasmine was brought
to the attention of Tri-Sound Records and one of its co-founders became her
mentor. Legendary records man Marshall
Chess of Chess Records
took on executive producer role for this debut album
- ‘Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman
was Chicago’s Chess Records, who took the music of black America from its Muddy
Waters led electric birth, through to the heights of soul music and beyond.
Jasmine’s album is a tribute to the songs – the great songs – that the label
Chess says - ”I’ve been around the blues and singers
who are in touch with their soul my whole life.
Jasmine Kara is the real deal. The blues, like a taste of freedom, has truly
transformed this young singer. Her
Iranian roots, her Swedish upbringing and her recent meeting with – and interpretation
of – the American blues is an amazing testament to what a universal language
music is. And, to how different
expressions of a longing for freedom always have had an underlying, common
Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman Gone Bad’ Jasmine takes a unique journey
through the less obvious parts of the label’s history avoiding direct
comparison with the originals through distinctive flourishes added to her own
versions. Such as the ska groove brought out in ‘Try My Love Again’ turning the song’s original plaintive tone to a
wonderfully joyous come on. Time and again you can only be impressed by her
vocal control. This is evident not only on the more jazz tinged songs such as ‘My Party’ and Terry Callier’s signature tune ‘Ordinary Joe’, both of which demonstrate a vocal sensitivity beyond
her years, but also on the up-tempo stormers of which the album’s title track
and the two-part ‘In The Basement’
are prime examples. This album is very of the moment, but
steeped in the past. Jasmine Kara is a
product of the modern world – but embraces the sentiments of these classic
songs. For Kara this is a start of an
undoubtedly wonderful music journey.
Condition: New and uplayed.
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