Obie Jessie

Here's to Life

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Atlanta, GA-based jazz vocalist Obie Jessie started out as a doo wop singer, leading to a multifarious career as a prolific songwriter and touring artist. This release features the vocalist performing alongside a standard rhythm section, horns, and a female soul and gospel-style vocal troupe. Jessie sings his heart out on his original composition titled "Trane Home," Duke Ellington's "Caravan," and throughout this radiantly enacted effort. Jessie scats and sings with unconditional commitment, augmented by the background vocalists, who provide a bit of sugar coating to the entire outing. The ensemble is at ease executing midtempo swing vamps and soulful ballads. Whereas Jessie succeeds at incorporating a '70s-style edge into his overall scope of attack, the vocalist ultimately conveys power and authority via his commanding musical presence. It's mostly about harmonious themes and the musicians' upbeat spirit that get the job done. Overall, it's a gleaming listening experience, tinged with a gospel-like fervor to complement the jazzy arrangements.

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