It’s easy to dismiss much of modern jazz as unadventurous and as guilty of reviving the past glory of others as any less accomplished genre. However, it is also fair to say that if you seek technical proficiency and sheer artistic precision then jazz is still your go to genre.
Jamila Ford is a jazz singer possessed of both subtlety and skill and the five songs on her EP “The Deep End” are nothing if not evidence of her stylistic elegance and interpretative abilities. She shows such authority over “Gentle Rain” and “Sugar” that you could imagine that these songs had been written with her in mind and, within the Latin decorated walls of her own composition “Silencio”, she even manages to create a song that many a similarly talented singer would readily take to their own heart.
Jamila Ford is a joy to the ears to connoisseurs of classy female vocals and, as always, she has caused me to make automotive comparisons so, based on “The Deep End”, she would have to be compared to a classic Pininfarina creation like the Lancia 2000HF Coupe. You can’t get cooler than that unless, of course, air conditioning is your thing.