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Picture in Black and White

from Picture in Black and White by Tessa Souter

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    “A beautiful, spiritual album. . . Picture in Black and White feels like the kind of journey saxophonist Wayne Shorter has taken us on with albums such as JuJu and The Soothsayer.” Jazzwax

    “Exploring her mixed heritage, the expat with a penchant for Wayne Shorter raises songs to the level of poetry.”
    Sunday Times Magazine, Top Ten Jazz Record of the Year

    “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.” New York Jazz Record

    “Souter’s expressive warmth, impassioned eloquence and unfailingly beautiful timbre are an ever-present backdrop to this singularly powerful collection. [It is] impossible not to be transfixed by the inventiveness and potency of Souter’s artistry.” Jazzwise

    Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana meaning reach back and get it as well as: It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot. "On the one hand, you think it doesn't matter what you are, only who you are. But, somehow, having the DNA test, even simply wanting to know, made me feel closer to them. In the spirit of Sankofa, the songs on this album are messages to and from my ancestors," says Tessa, whose DNA test revealed seven African countries in her genetic makeup, as well as Carib Indian, Scandinavian, Irish, English and Scottish.

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from Picture in Black and White, released October 5, 2018


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Tessa Souter New York, New York

From her Flamenco-tinged debut, Listen Love (2004), to Beyond the Blue (Motema, 2012) - featuring her lyrics to jazz versions of classical gems - Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist, Souter explores music mostly untouched by other vocalists. A Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star, Beyond the Blue made the London Times Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2013 - on a list including Ahmad Jamal, Gregory Porter and Stacey Kent ... more


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