Jamila Ford has backed names like Bonnie Pointer (Pointer Sisters) and Melody Gardot; she gets her turn front and center on this five track EP.
Not wasted. Confident and powerful, Ms. Ford motors through four off-the-beaten-track jazz standards, and one of her originals, “Silencio.” That’s the one that got my attention, standing up alongside the standards, but…well, original.
As my kid, the musician, says, “Anyone can do a decent cover. Do you have the chops to make something original stand out?”
The whole album is worthy of a five-spot. My favorites include “All Blues,” the opener, along with “Gentle Rain.”
And “Silencio.” All three added to the playlist at 62ndStreet.com.
But buy the whole thing.