‘Back To Your Heart’ from the ultra soulful Lindsey Webster is remarkable not only for the fact that it a collection of vocally driven contemporary jazz but also because Lindsey is a mere half the age of the instrumentalists who dominate the gerontocracy which typifies the genre. The fact she has been picked up by the invariably excellent Shanachie label is both a testimony to the quality of her music and a pointer to her massive potential while the eleven tunes that she composes with keyboard player Keith Slattery hints at song writing credentials that belie her years.
‘Back To Your Heart’ is a joyous riot of tight instrumental backing that comes courtesy of Slattery on keys, Mike DeMicco on guitar, bass player Fred Doumbe, Dan Hickey on drums and percussionist Foluso Mimy. They are joined by the incomparable sax-man Kirk Whalum for the jazzy ‘One At A Time’ and when sax duties pass to Ken Gioffre he comes up big, first with the cool yet edgy ‘On Our Way’ and again with the up beat ‘Ain’t It Funny’ where his input is enriched by the addition of three piece horn section.
Elsewhere the haunting quality of ‘Those Three Words’ is breathtaking while equally good the enchantingly mellow ‘Where Do You Want To Go’ and the groove laden title cut have already been serviced to radio. This latter tune is storming its way up the Billboard charts and is a song where Lindsey’s vocal, the sumptuous backing and Slattery’s street-wise production all combine to deliver what is arguably the album’s stand out track. However, in terms of personal favorites, ‘Fast and Slow’ is a total showstopper. With a mood that just keeps on building and a vocal performance of the very highest order this is a number that could well evolve into Lindsey Webster’s calling card.
Well worth checking out.