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Issue 1101

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Jhelisa: Oxygen

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UK release date 15.06.2022

Jhelisa hits the ground running on her come back with a glorious return to form with this veritable tour de force on killer new track "Oxygen".

This long and winding oeuvre dips in and out of many shades and hues. The track starts with an ominous church bell and then the dulcet tones of alto sax player, Greg Osby who brings deep spiritual jazz sides to the table such emotion and rawness kicks proceedings off immensely before some moody yet sparse African-style chanting adds rhythmic interest over a motoric percussion groove. Then out of nowhere, comes some beautiful diatonic harmonica with pure Stevie Wonder vibes.

Enter Jhelisa with her gloriously stacked vocals. it’s arresting stuff as it morphs into a shuffle with some mighty fine bass musings before the percussion kicks in. "Oxygen" sounds like a condensed whole album! Plenty of vocal hooks keep her on track and the beautiful acoustic piano adds deep jazz sensibilities.

The ensemble playing is out of this world, featuring: Landon Anderson on drums, Donna Hawkins and Oteil Burbridge on bass, Rafael Pierra, percussion and Marcus Reece Jr piano. These guys whip up a heady storm and allow J to shine through. ‘Oxygen’ is, without doubt, a real touch of class
Words Emrys Baird

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