BRIEFLY... Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star, Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist, Tessa Souter is ... a must-see for lovers of world class jazz. (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times) From her Flamenco-tinged debut, Listen Love (2004), to her fourth album, Beyond the Blue (Motema, 2012), which features her own lyrics to jazz arrangements of classical gems, and which was picked by the London Times as one of the Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2013, this is haunting (Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe), daring, beautiful jazz. (Bill Leikam, AllAboutJazz)
MORE ... A protege of jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, Tessa Souter has gained a reputation ...one of the most innovative vocal talents on the scene today ... the very heights of honest artistic passion. (Brent Black, Critical Jazz) On her 2004 debut. Listen Love (Nara), she evoked the sensuality and passion of Andalusian Spain and the Middle East with a mix of Pharoah Sanders, Sting, Pat Martino and original tunes. Her mostly standards follow up, Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008), won Japan's prestigious Swing Journal Gold Disc Award. Her Motema debut, Obsession (2009), featured daring takes on pop icons the Beatles and Cream, as well as compositions by Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi and Kenny Barron. Her fourth album, Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motema), is her most daring yet.