Review by: Dana Arentzen
Jessy J “Second Chances”
I support all the musicians I review, but when I get to review one from the great Pacific Northwest, I tend to feel more of a kindred spirit. Jessy J was born in Portland Oregon. She began playing piano at the age of four and spent her early childhood performing at various competitions. By 15, she was named “Piano State Champion” at the Béla Bartók Festival in California…a very distinguished honor at such a young age. After graduating from USC, she began her professional career as a backup musician for Michael Buble’ and her list of who she has worked with since is quite impressive.
Jessy J’s style is definitely smooth jazz. Beginning with Track 1 “Listen 2 The Groove” with its sultry style all the way to Track 10 “Twice” you feel the music swirling around you and taking you for a relaxing ride.
Jessy J has taken the ten song album which features eight of her originals and two amazing covers, in Roberta Flacks “Feel Like Making Love” along with the great Sergio Mendes’ “Magalenha.”
This album truly is amazing. It’s Jessy’s starting over time. A time to rethink and rebuild. To learn from the past and yet let go. A chance to find herself within her music and present us as the listener with the end result.
Second Chances is a beautiful album. One worth adding to your collection.
Thank you Jessy J for the honor of listening to and reviewing such a fine piece of musical mastery. Continued success to you!