Considering all the hot jazz releases out this week [ Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Hargrove, Brian Bromberg, Najee, Stefon Harris, James Carter, Bela Fleck etc] music enthusiast must be in awe because this is possibly the biggest new music week to this year. With that said, after hearing this lady live on the Tom Joyner Morning Show earlier this week I couldn’t resist posting this little diamond in the ruff … her name is Ledisi. “Turn Me Loose,” is her second major label recording. Now, for those of you who are looking for “real” soul music, killer vocals, rockin’ yet funky music then Ledisi without a doubt has got the juice … she’s what’s up!Ledisi | Turn Me Loose [Verve Forecast, 2009]
Ledisi wanted to make a few bold artistic changes this time out. But just before she started work on her sophomore Verve release, Turn Me Loose, she hit a wall. The singer-songwriter had a bad case of writer’s block that stretched for six months. Ledisi was petrified as she tried to figure out how to follow up her 2007 Verve debut, Lost & Found. The album garnered strong reviews and two Grammy® nominations, including one for best new artist.
She also reunited with producer Rex Rideout, who contributed greatly to the sound of Lost & Found. But for Turn Me Loose, Ledisi didn’t want to play it safe. With help from the four other producers (Ivan & Carvin, Chief Xcel, Chucky Thompson & Fyre Dept), the artist braided brilliant strains of the different sounds she loved while growing up in Oakland, Calif. Rock, blues, classic soul, funk and hip-hop are all fused together throughout Turn Me Loose. Ledisi often merges the old with the new.