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