Review: Having played keyboards for funk and jazz legends like Jean Carne and Dexter Wansel, plus released great tunes for labels like Soul Jazz, Jessica Lauren's latest LP for Freestyle is a treat for fans of sparklingly fresh rootsy jazz - from the Latin percussion and fusion piano playing of "Mel Benson", the fierce drum workout of "Dogtown" and the two very special appearances by Jocelyn Brown, "I Believe" and "Happiness Train". An essential purchase for jazz fans looking for a different direction.
Review: A keyboardist and songwriter who's worked with legends like Jean Carne and Dexter Wansel as well as releasing originals for Soul Jazz, Jessica Lauren's latest project has found a home on Freestyle records and a huge guest star for this first single. Jocelyn Brown brings her diva magic to the rootsy Latin disco charge of "Happiness Train", as well as getting soulful and delightfully mellow on the jazzy anthemics of "I Believe". Coupled with the Lonnie Liston Smith-teasing double bass licks of "White Mountain", this lead single bodes very well for JLF's self-titled debut due soon.