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Monday March 27, 2017

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Take Five: New Music by Jazzmeia Horn, Jazz Passengers, Sexmob, Supersilent & Roxy Coss
By: Nate Chinen

Jazz singers rarely come more rigorously vetted than Jazzmeia Horn. A native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of the New School in New York City, she has taken first prize in two prestigious events, the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition (2013) and the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition (2015). Her long-awaited debut album — A Social Call, due out on May 12 on Prestige — feels designed to showcase her range, with nods to Mary J. Blige and the Stylistics as well as jazz-vocal lodestars like Vaughan. “Tight,” the lead single, is a tune by the great Betty Carter that Horn has been singing for years. And her performance — with saxophonist Stacy Dillard, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jerome Jennings — suggests a smartly playful homage.

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