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Self-titled by Jill Jenson

Ah, crisp, clear, smooth and effortless. That’s how the vocals of Jill Jenson grab me. From the opening cut, the jazzy & cool "Sunshine Away," she sets out to hold you captive to her brand of smooth, catchy rhythms.

On different selections, Jenson reminds me of the silky, hypnotic vocals of Jill Seward (Shakatak), Diane Schurr, Patti Austin, and Diana Krall. Check out her tantalizing and clever mix on EWF’s (that’s Earth, Wind, & Fire for those of us who may have just awakened from a decades-long nap!!) "That’s the Way of the World" (track 2). Her Bonnie Raitt/Fleetwood Mac-like soft rocker "Little World," (track 3) is a well-done snappy little piece with lots of flair and sweet harmonies. Her very competent rhythm section really shines through on this piece, as well, and includes some really decent guitar work.

She follows this with another very jazzy, sweet, & mellow track 4, "100 Percent." A percussion-heavy, Caribbean-flavored rhythm is featured on track 7, "Find My Way." I really like this one, its nice & smooth sax work complementing the melody. Track 9, "If You Don’t Love Lovin’" (and who doesn’t???), brings a really smooth, head-bobbing, and subtly funky air with it. You also have to experience her commanding vocals and the accompanying harmonies and percussions as she presents her version of Tommy James and the Shondells’s "Crystal Blue Persuasion" at track 11.

Jill Jenson and Tim Cashion (her producer) seem to have a real knack for appropriate voicings. All components, instrumental and vocal, seem to simply melt together in a wonderful collage of sound. Very infectious. With help from the likes of luminary Chuck Loeb, Jenson works to convince you that she deserves a place in your heart and CD rack. She comfortably succeeds, in my opinion.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jill Jenson
  • CD Title: Self-titled
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Jill Jenson
  • Rating: Four Stars
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