Saturday, October 15, 2011


I just heard Jill Jenson’s rendition of Tommy James and the Shondells’ Crystal Blue Persuasion on Jazz FM (UK), and immediately decided to pick up this highly recommended CD. This self-titled debut CD from Pacific Northwest native Jill Jenson is produced by singer/songwriter/producer Tim Cashion (Bob Seger, Robert Palmer, Grand Funk Railroad), and executive produced by veteran producer Matt Pierson (Bob James, Joshua Redman, Michael Franks, Willie Nelson, Brad Mehldau), Jill Jenson is a beautiful, highly sophisticated and personal collection of songs that address the issues which all of us face in contemporary life including love, loss, hope, longing and transformation. The CD was originally released 4 years ago. Joining Jill on the CD are noted musicians/guitarists Chuck Loeb (Stan Getz, Gary Burton, Michael Franks, Bob James) and Brian Monroney (Gloria Estefan, Luis Enrique, Tom Jones), bassist James Genus ( Anita Baker, Lee Ritenour, Vanessa Williams, Saturday Night Live), percussionists Bashiri Johnson (Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Miles Davis, Natalie Cole ) and Jose Rossy (Weather Report, Talking Heads, Chic, Patti Labelle, Robert Palmer) and guitarist Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren). The album also features : Marc Henderson on saxophone and flute, Dave Quackenbush on trumpet and flugelhorn, guitarists Dustin Hofsess, Pat Cashion and Joe Lindsay, cellist Evan Richey, bassist Tim Smith and pianist Paul Tillotson. Tim Cashion is featured on background vocals, percussion, mandolin, piano and drums. Also – another recommended (reggae) version of Crystal Blue Persuason is by none other than Culture Club – check it out!

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