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Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Stevens Trio

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It always amazes me when I hear an album by a talented and seasoned entertainer who has a strong presence in a local music scene, but has not become known much beyond their performing area. Such is the case with Memphis-based vocalist JOYCE COBB. After … see full wiki

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Jazz, Soul, Blues: Whatever comes from Heart thru the Voice

  • Aug 19, 2010
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JOYCE COBB with the MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS TRIO is one of the more satisfying collections of songs in a style that many of us thought was gone with Fitzgerald and Holiday - heart on the sleeve renditions of old favorite songs sung with lusty gutsy complete communication. If that is something you've found missing among the new releases of recordings, spend some time listening to Joyce Cobb chew up the air and soul of some of the best tunes around. She is a true lady of the arts, able at one moment to melt your heart as in the van Heusen/Mercer 'I thought about you' or 'If you know love' or 'If you never come to me' while nearly making love to her collaborators - the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio- and then moving one to breakneck patter and rhythm that remind us that voice is after all an instrument. The Trio is a polished group - Michael Jefry Stevens, piano, Jonathan Wires, bass, and Renardo Ward drums. What Joyce Cobb can do to your heart, Stevens knows that path too, very well, and he is joined by fine musicians who understand that fine balance between overriding the idea of a song and playing with solo moments of it that bring the tune fully to life.

This is one of the best integrated meldings of instruments and voice: many of the tunes begin with a mood setting extended intro, preparing the way for the gliding in of Cobb to give words to the emotion the trio has suggested. It is seamless. There are times when Cobb's intonation begins to sound careless, but as soon as the potential flaw grows evident, she takes us on a whirlwind ride right up to mid-pitch. Some of the sounds here sound like old Bayou songs, so deep south in flavor are they. Others sound like raw blues, Cobb using the words of the writers to let her emotions seep out. But just as soon as you think that is what this album is all about, she and her colleagues bounce clever and witty sarcasms of rock and jazz in combinations that this listener has never heard. This is a terrific album for those who remember early soul and long to get back to the sweaty heat of the clubs down by the river. It is great music making. Grady Harp, August 10

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August 29, 2010
Nice review. Sounds like a terrific album. I am not ordinarily a jazz afficianado but I think I could enjoy something like this. Thanks for telling us about it.
 
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