Angela James-Way Down Deep

Way-Down-Deep-Cover

The worlds of folk and jazz music don’t often mix. Generally speaking, that’s a good thing because it usually only goes one of two ways: a major disaster or a decent sounding jazz album with too many vocals. Chicagoan Angela James bridges the two genres with her voice, creating what might be called something like Appalachian Jazz. With the help of over a dozen instrumentalists, her album Way Down Deep finds success where many have faltered.

Don’t take my word for it, though. The record is available to download right now in her bandcamp page. On November 1st she will be playing a release show at Constellation.

Here’s my favorite track from Way Down Deep, the stripped bare title track that features James alone.