Not strictly a jazz vocal or even at all depending on how narrow or not you are but stepping into an area not unfamiliar to the terrain Lizz Wright inhabits - Wright usually plays to open minded jazz audiences - and relatable to the marlbank readership we think.
Irrespective of where the song lands stylistically backs-against-the wall Shayna Steele, Kamilah Marshall, David Cook song 'The Bloodline' is a fine, highly sociopolitically conscious, introduction - couched within a humane lens - to Shayna Steele's upcoming Ropeadope album. In the percussion undertow is the great sessioneer Daniel Sadownick who for instance was with the guitar microtonal music icon David Fiuczynski aka Fuze in Screaming Headless Torsos back in the day.
And the guitars - Americana flavoured pedal in the blend that projects a deep delta rootsy bluesy chiming saltiness - add a lot of drama behind Steele's powerful voice. The Broadway singer - this is a world away from musical theatre - mixes several elements on the album itself entitled Gold Dust (out 21 April). It includes a version of Stevie Nick's Fleetwood Mac Rumours song 'Gold Dust Woman'. Sax icon Donny McCaslin (late-period Bowie) is on the album version of Cole Porter's 1940s song 'You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To.' Shayna Steele, photo: detail from the Gold Dust art