True Love

True Love

by Jessy J


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The problem with attacking easy targets in order to make a point is that they're, well, too easy to attack. Take smooth jazz, for example. If one's premise is that smooth jazz in general is bland, mindless, and devoid of substance, it's easy to make that point by lambasting Kenny G, Richard Elliot, and other whipping boys of the jazz media. But when names like Grover Washington, Jr., George Benson, and David Sanborn are brought into the discussion, it becomes much harder to make the argument that nothing worthwhile ever came out of smooth jazz. And even though True Love, the third album by smooth jazz saxophonist Jessica Arellano, aka Jessy J, has its shortcomings, it would be a mistake to dismiss her as a lightweight. Actually, True Love has more ups than downs. Jessy's sound is Washington-minded, but with a strong Latin influence -- and unlike so many of the Washington admirers in smooth jazz, she obviously cares about projecting a sound and identity of her own. True Love is smooth jazz meets Latin jazz; Jessy is a Mexican-American from the West Coast, although this 2009 release gets its inspiration from Afro-Cuban salsa ("Baila!," "Tropical Rain"), Brazilian samba ("Brazilian Dance," Luiz Bonfá's familiar "Manha de Carnaval"), and Spanish nuevo flamenco (the title song) more than the regional Mexican music (ranchera, mariachi, norteño, banda, duranguense, grupero, etc.) that is hugely popular in the southwestern United States. Occasionally, Jessy (who is primarily an instrumentalist) sings on True Love -- and while she is a better saxophonist than singer, her vocals have a sweetly pleasant quality. Jessy, unfortunately, does play it a bit too safe on True Love and doesn't let loose as much as she could; this is a generally decent effort, but she is capable of much more. Nonetheless, True Love demonstrates that Jessy has talent, chops, and originality and is well worth keeping an eye on.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072312821
catalogNumber: 31282
Rank: 51104

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessy J   Primary Artist,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Gregg Karukas   Bass,Piano,Strings,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Paul Brown   Guitar
Richie Gajate Garcia   Percussion
Tommy Kay   Guitar
Roberto Vally   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tom Strahle   Guitar
Sergio González   Drums
Danilo Arroyo   Percussion
Sergio Aranda   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Gregg Karukas   Arranger,Composer
Paul Brown   drum programming
Tommy Kay   Arranger
Antônio Maria   Composer
Pablo Aguirre   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sergio Aranda   Composer
Paulina Aguirre   Composer
Jessy J   Arranger,Composer
Sergio Aranda   Composer
Thomas Klemperer   Composer

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True Love 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
She is the female version of Bony James, very smooth and soulful, but sexy. Her second album is plush, with a hint of sensuality as result of the way she forms her notes. Still I long to hear something just a bit stronger from her. I'm becoming a fan of her little by little. Another nice effort.