Coniece Washington scores and 8/10 with Take Effect Reviews

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by Tom Haugen

Coniece Washington

Shades Of Shirley Horn

Self-Released, 2019


Listen to Shades Of Shirley Horn

A jazz vocalist with an affinity for gospel influences, here Coniece Washington pays tribute to the late Shirley Horn with 12 carefully crafted tunes where an all star cast contribute trumpet, flute, keys and poetry to the affair.

“Here’s To Life” starts the album with soft keys and poetry from Seth Washington, before the agile jazz shuffling and feisty attitude of “Get Out Of Town”. Elsewhere, “How Am I To Know” showcases Washington’s passionate, expressive vocals with Latin nods, while “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” brings horns to the emotive spirit.

Back half highlights includes the breathy “If You Go”, the dreamy and calm “Dindi”, and the highly rhythmic “Once I Loved”. The album ends on “I Just Found Out About Love”, a danceable finisher with a playful atmosphere and timeless elegance.

With a third of the songs having the word ‘love’ in the title, it’s not surprisingly a romantic affair that’s easy to digest, hard to forget and executed with tremendous grace. Washington is clearly very well versed in her craft, and any and all fans of jazz will find much to enjoy here.

Travels well with: Gloria LynneA Time For Love; Sarah VaughanSend In The Clowns

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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