Ebony Jo-Ann review…October 24, 2015…

EBONY JO-ANN

PLEASE SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME

INDEPENDENT RELEASE

JUST RAIN–IS IT BECAUSE I’M BLACK–YO LOVE–NOSYBODY–SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE–GLAD I WAITED FOR LOVE–BURNIN WORLD–PLEASE SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME–MUDDY WATER–SITTIN ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Ebony Jo-Ann is a supremely-gifted and talented singer and actress.  She has graced the Lincoln Center stage, and has portrayed both Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey in stage productions.  She has one of those voices that “they just don’t make any more,” and she is a consummate performer regardless of the material.

Jo-Ann chose the blues for its truth and purity, and because it can be expressed in so many ways.  On her latest release, “Please Save Your Love For Me,” she gives ten outstanding performances that show love in all its different permutations, as well as the good and not-so-good in today’s society.

Leading off is “Just Rain,” written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, which shows that, when your lover isn’t there, something as simple as rain against the window triggers many emotions.  “Yo Love” is an ode to that “sweet sweet love” that is good for everyone, and has some fine backing harp from Guy Davis.  The consequences of “minding somebody else’s business more than you mind your own” is the humorous theme of “Nosybody,” with great sax fills from Bill Easley.

Jo-Ann goes into full-on “torch” mode over brush-stroked drums and gentle piano on the Percy Mayfield classic, “Please Send Me Someone To Love,”  with duet vocals from her good friend and the set’s producer, Danny Kean.  And, she revisits classic Seventies’ soul with a horn-drenched read of the title cut.

She touches on some hot-button societal topics, also.  First up is a song from our youth made popular by Syl Johnson as an ode to those long-suffering from oppression, “Is It Because I’m Black,” as Jo-Ann sings the lyrics with the passion of the original.  And, she uses “Burnin’ World” as a call for unity thru the “enlightenment of our young men and the empowerment of our young women.”  The set closes with our favorite, a sho’ nuff, “didn’t-see-that-coming” cut.  It’s an all-acoustic, Delta-rific, spot-on read by Jo-Ann of the Mississippi Sheiks’ “Sittin’ On Top Of The World,” with authentic harp, guitar, and banjo from Guy Davis.

Ebony Jo-Ann melds vintage blues and jazz sounds with today’s contemporary canon with style and sophistication.  With a voice that’s in a class all by itself, “Please Save Your Love For Me” is a very entertaining listen!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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  1. […] With themes of love and passion, the politically charged album represents Blues music to its present day. Sheryl and Don Crow of The Nashville Blues Society writes, […]

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  2. […] With themes of love and passion, the politically charged album represents Blues music to its present day. Sheryl and Don Crow of The Nashville Blues Society writes, […]

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