This October the phenomenon that is Jarrod Lawson arrives in Europe. With his brand of harmony laden and spiritually charged soul jazz he has taken the damage quality music world by storm.
I don’t think I can find an appropriate superlative to describe how gifted this young man really is and to make comparisons between him and Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson and Stevie Wonder 2017 is in my opinion no way sacreligious as he is overly bestowed with all the qualities that have made the aforementioned into legends. For all that he has perfected his own trademark sound that is steeped in soul, jazz, gospel, latin and blues, all elements he has distilled to perfection to produce his seminal self titled debut lp.
I first came across Jarrod when he appeared as a guest vocalist on Jarrod acclaimed trumpet player Farnell Newtons 2011 lp ‘Class Is Now In Session’. Then in the autumn of 2013 Farnell, who is one of the mainstay brass section members for Prince and Jill Scott, posted a link to a sampler for Jarrods lp. A limited pressing was hastily snapped up by an appreciative fanbase and the rest as they say is now history. cheap nfl jerseys California born Jarrod is now based in Portland, Oregon and along with Farnell is deeply involved with the cities burgeoning soul/ jazz scene. His first exposure to music came as a child at his fathers recording studio he then further developed the joint skills of lyric and melody writing whilst at college.
During my 40 plus years of being an appreciative music collector I can only recall a handful of lp’s that have touched Review me so emphatically on first listen and continued to do so on subsequent listens. From the opening syncopated beats of ‘Music & Its Magical Way’, where Jarrod entreats us “welcome”, to the luscious closing flute, synth motif of ‘Gotta Keep’ you know you have been on a beautiful journey. A journey filled with harmonies so all embracing you nach have to catch yourself to stay rooted Tongue to the floor (‘All That Surrounds’ and ‘He’s There’ need special mention in that respect). He is also master of the jazz keyboard as is displayed so deftly in the soul/ latin jazz mash up of ‘Think About Why’. ‘Needed’ can only be described as a soul classic with it’s impressive arrangement and Jarrods sweet as cheap nba jerseys honey falsetto vocals.
What really stands out Month wth this body of work is the rich vain of spirituality in the lyrics and in the playing. This not cheap mlb jerseys only runs through the heart of this lp it in fact defines it. This, for me, gives this set a deep integrity which is so hard to find in the todays other current releases. Also did I forget to cheap jerseys mention the abundance of hooks and infectious basslines which are liberally sprinkled throughout these twelve perfect tracks – sorry how remiss of me. This really is a tour de force of quality and needs to be purchased if you are a true lover of soul/ jazz music. Without a doubt Jarrod Lawson is one of the artists of our generation.
Tony Minvielle SoulandJazz.com (Foldedspace)