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Thursday June 20, 2019

From WBGO

Hear the First Taste of ‘Love and Liberation,’ Which Finds Jazzmeia Horn in Full Stride
By: Nate Chinen

Near the midpoint of her second set at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday night, Jazzmeia Horn dove into a sharp new original, ‘When I Say.’ Snapping her fingers in a decisive four-count, she led her band in an expression of indignant demand; for most of the first verse, she sang with one hand planted on a jutting hip.

‘You won’t ever have another like me,’ Horn sang, in rat-a-tat rhythm. ‘So I shouldn’t have to beg and plead.’ Her scat improvisation, moments later, took off like a rocket: the band, stocked with heavy hitters, seemed to rev up to meet her.

‘When I Say’ is the first single from Horn’s forthcoming second album, Love and Liberation, due out Aug. 23 on Concord Jazz. The song, premiering here, isn’t about a romantic power struggle. ‘It was written in the voice of my two daughters,’ Horn explained with a smile, adding: ‘They’re toddlers.’ Which means the voice in question is an unreliable, as well as unreasonable, narrator. (‘I’m not a child!’ goes another line.)

Click here to listen to the track and read more about Jazzmeia’s new album