New Music from Jazzmeia Horn

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Wednesday July 28, 2021


Take Five: New Music From Jazzmeia Horn, Kenny Garrett, Terence Blanchard, Kate McGarry, and Ken Vandermark
By: Nate Chinen

Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force, “Lover, Come Back to Me”

When we last caught up with Jazzmeia Horn, she was stretching her wings with a new book and an accompanying pair of singles. Now comes word of a full-length album due in the fall: a natural next step for her, and objectively good news for the rest of us. Dear Love will be released on Horn’s new label, Empress Legacy Records, on Sept. 10. The first single, a brisk, swinging “Lover, Come Back to Me,” is now available in digital form.

The tune ‘” a standard dating back to 1928, and best known for Billie Holiday’s easygoing version in the ’40s ‘” provides Horn with all the runway she needs. She’s expertly backed by a 15-piece ensemble she calls the Noble Force, anchored by her working trio with Keith Brown on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass and Anwar Marshall on drums. And from the opening count, you can hear Horn’s authority out front ‘” an extravagant confidence that peaks during her daredevil scat solo, and cruises on through the last syncopated hit.

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