I remember the day an ex-student first put me onto Rachelle Ferrell. There is life before and after knowing about this artist. I love the way she accompanies herself and seems to have a symbiosis between the keys and her voice. It took me a while as an artist, to have the courage (?) not to be playing and singing all over the place all of the time. I think I worried that if I didn’t do solo pianistic flights of fancy all the way through the song, folk would think I wasn’t a decent technician. But actually it’s necessary to hold back, to allow the voice and the song to communicate, and give the solo its proper platform, at the appropriate time. I appreciate this woman so much for her subtle, laid back mastery, and long-standing, category defying, jazz/soul pedigree, going back many years.

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