GREAT NEWS that the sensuous jazz pop of Jasmine Power is in line to bag some much deserved bubbling up buzz and extra profile if Camdenites and visiting jazz fans have any sense that is and get down to the Jazz Cafe early as support to China Moses on 24 May. Bonus time all round surely as Ms Moses has put out the best jazz vocals around so far this year by a long chalk and Power excites in a way that whisper it Amy Winehouse used to in her Frank days the platform for everything she subsequently achieved.
Power last year flickered into view memorably joined on a Stories and Rhymes EP listen above for a flavour by pianist Joe Armon-Jones, sparsely used; Jean Toussaint bassist Daniel Casimir, vital in key atmosphere-building parts of the songs; by Dem Ones drummer Moses Boyd who adds a hooky rattling snare springiness to the opening of haunting break-up song 'Late Hours'; and by the singer’s fellow Trinity Laban student trumpeter Harrison Cole, and there was a certain simmering drama to the songs in their intensity, and a mournful late night mood that easily establishes itself. Themes of the EP included awakening the youth and a tiredness with the world today that she elaborates upon on 'Modern Century's Stage'. And perhaps most effectively, built up by a series of 'are you?' questions, rites of passage song 'A Man or a Boy' ends up as loving words of reassurance delivered darkly. She can fly effortlessly up from her normal voice to a much more vulnerable and smaller much higher voice that has a certain innocence to it that contrasts with the otherwise sassy persona she projects in deeper tones. Born in the Lake District in the early-1990s to Welsh and English parents, Power was brought up in Wales and her influences include Nina Simone and Chet Baker. Harrison Cole certainly adds little Baker-like reveries floating between the impressionism of piano and Power's vocal lead that isn't overdone and the backing throughout is unobtrusively retro possessing a casual elegance and even a reserve.