With her lavishly praised 2013 debut album Black Lace Blue Tears under her belt, late-blooming jazz vocalist and composer Eugenie Jones immediately faced questions about whether she was a one-hit wonder or a real contender. Sure, she displayed quick rhythmic reflexes, a silken tone, and real songwriting savvy, but did Jones have what it takes to go the distance, to sustain a career in jazz’s cruelly competitive ring.
Her even more impressive second album, Come Out Swingin’, makes a persuasive case for Jones’s status as a heavyweight talent. Seasoned by several years of steady work following the release of Black Lace, the Seattle-area singer displays the rhythmic authority, emotional insight, and melodic invention of an artist who can hold her own in any company. “With Black Lace Blue Tears behind me I wondered, was that a fluke? Do I really have a gift, can I continue? Almost immediately I started writing again,” says Jones, “and put those questions to rest. This CD was a deliberate attempt to continue to grow and progress. I set that desire for improvement as a bull’s-eye to shoot for and kept that focus through each step of this project.”
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Seattle-based vocalist Eugenie Jones may have been a latecomer to the jazz world, but she displays the seasoned sensibilities of a jazz lifer on her sophomore release, Come Out Swingin'. The follow-up to her well-received 2013 debut album, Black Lace Blue Tears, the album more than lives up to its title, showcasing Jones' smoke- and-satin vocals in settings that float like a butterfly and swing like a night at the Savoy. Beyond her instantly engaging vocals and sharp rhythm instincts, Jones also happens to be a topflight composer, penning both melodies and lyrics to tunes that are completely at home in the jazz idiom. She enlists a sharp group of musicians to back her up, including pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer D'Vonne Lewis. Jazziz Magazine