London-born, New York-based Jazz vocalist-songwriter Tessa Souter’s latest project, Picture in Black and White (NOA), the second of her albums to be a London Sunday Times magazine Jazz Record of the Year, is a riveting musical journey inspired by her discovery at age 28 that her estranged birth father was Trinidadian and black, having been brought up to believe he was Spanish and white. A jazz vocalist with a sumptuous sound and an unerring ear for fresh and unexpected material, ever since the release of her 2004 debut, Listen Love, Souter has cast an increasingly wide net, from contributing original lyrics to instrumental jazz standards and re-imagining classic British rock to her Third Stream project, Beyond the Blue, with an all-star band led by Steve Kuhn, featuring her original lyrics to classical gems by Albinoni, Chopin et al. Utilizing the talents of some of New York's finest first-call musicians, Picture in Black and White is yet another revelatory step by an artist on a decidedly unconventional path.
“Souter’s expressive warmth, impassioned eloquence and unfailingly beautiful timbre are an ever-present backdrop to this singularly powerful collection . . . impossible not to be transfixed by the inventiveness and potency of Souter’s artistry.”
Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
“Rarely do vocal CDs leave such a strong impact after a single hearing. This is an easy choice for the top vocal jazz CD of 2018.”
Ken Dryden, New York Jazz Record
“Striking, soulful, enchanting.”
Mike Joyce, Washington Post
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