Tequila Moon

Tequila Moon

by Jessy J


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Saxophonist Jessy J is bound to get more recognition for her 2008 Peak Records debut, Tequila Moon, than she did for her self-titled album of 2007. She has hooked up with producer Paul Brown, who makes the album a virtual collaboration, also serving as co-writer of five out of the 11 tunes, arranging, engineering, mixing, and playing guitar. Brown is a king of contemporary jazz, of course, but he doesn't so much impose his style here as bring out Jessy J's, which also has strong ties to Latin jazz. She even puts down her axe and pleasantly sings the standards "Mas Que Nada" and "Besame Mucho," and the arrangements tend to have a Spanish tinge. She turns from her usual tenor to soprano sax on her and Brown's "Running Away" and a cover of Phoebe Snow's "Poetry Man" to excellent effect. This is commercial jazz, to be sure, but the saxophonist shows off an individual voice and a gift for melodic improvisation.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2008
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072304994
catalogNumber: 30499
Rank: 136854

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessy J   Primary Artist,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Ricky Peterson   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Kiki Ebsen   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Richie Gajate Garcia   Percussion
Roberto Vally   Bass
Sergio Gonzales   Drums
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Dave Beyer   Percussion,Drums
Chad Wright   Drums
Paul Rayner-Brown   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jorge Ben   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Ricky Peterson   Arranger
Kiki Ebsen   Arranger,Composer
Donald Hayes   Composer
Roberto Vally   Arranger
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Paulo Coelho   Author
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Dave Beyer   Arranger
Tommy K   Composer
Paul Rayner-Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jessy J   Arranger,Composer

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Tequila Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SmoothJazzReviews.net More than 1 year ago
The warm and inviting saxophone on the title track of Jessy J¿s Peak Records debut, Tequila Moon, sets the stage for an engaging Latin-oriented recording and an exciting career. At the age of 26, Jessy J has already sharpened her axe on stage with the likes of Michael Buble and Michael Bolton. I found the break-beat drum programming on the second cut, `Spanish Nights¿, a little at odds with the acoustic guitar of veteran, Paul Brown, who also produced the album and co-penned several of the tracks (along with Jessy J). In fact, the best tracks on the album feature the writing and recording combination of J and Brown. Case in point is `Sin Ti/Without You¿, a mellow and pretty song. The Sergio Mendes signature song, Mas Que Nada, featuring Gregg Karukas on keyboards, is the first vocal track on the album, with Jessy J¿s voice evoking Astrud Gilberto. The rhythms of Brazil are featured on the bouncy Fiesta Velada, another J/Brown original. J¿s soprano sax rolls along over a lilting version of Phoebe Snow¿s timeless `Poetry Man¿. Turqouise Street follows with a compelling melody and pleasant beat. The cutely titled `PB `¿n¿ J¿ is one of the best tracks on the album with J¿s sax bobbing along next to Brown¿s guitar. A sparsely-backed `Besame Mucho¿ showcases J¿s breathy vocals with Brown coaxing the gentlest Latin rhythms out of his acoustic guitar. `Running Away¿ features a beautiful almost wistful melody with a light groove driving the song. The set concludes with Leon Russell¿s `Song For You¿, with J stretching her sax chops a little more, and wrapping up a highly enjoyable album that is well worth adding to your collection. -- smoothjazzreviews.net

Tequila Moon 5
Spanish Nights 3
Sin Ti/Without You 4
Mas Que Nada 4
Fiesta Velada 4
Poetry Man 4
Turqouise Street 4
PB `n¿ J 5
Besame Mucho 4
Running Away 5
Song For You 4
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sounding alot like a cross between Boney James and Kenny G, Jessy J joins the long list of contemporary Jazz saxists and she is able to hold her own with the best of them. Very nice album.