A popular vocalist based in Los Angeles whose singing and repertoire alternate between swinging jazz and blues, Sweet Baby J'ai finally made her recording debut on this CD. Her writing abilities (best heard on the anti-AIDS song "Soldiers of Love," and the partly autobiographical tribute to Carmen McRae, "Carmen's Blues," and "I Don't Want the Neighbors to Know") blend social commentary with just plain fun. J'ai also explores such numbers as the obscure Billie Holiday tune "Left Alone," "Willow Weep for Me" and Teddy Edwards' "Don't Touch Me," among others. With fine support from such players as pianist Nate Morgan, guitarist Mike O'Neill, saxophonist Louis Taylor and trumpeter Oscar Brashear, among others, the overall results are both impressive and enjoyable. J'ai is a potentially important voice of the future.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow