Jasmine Kara - on Acid Jazz Records
You can hear it in the opening bars of the opening number. It’s the sound of a real singer, in a proper recording studio taking on the blues and winning hands down. 21-year-old Jasmine Kara’s ability to bare her soul is quite extraordinary in one so young. Yet when you take into account the youthful, traumatic love affair that left her at her lowest ebb and her subsequent escape to New York, you start to understand how she can relate to these songs.Her time in NYC was seminal. On arrival in the city Jasmine gravitated towards its music scene, the jazz, blues and R’n’B clubs having a particular resonance for her. These songs touched her and struck a chord with her own life struggles.It wasn’t long before Jasmine was brought to the attention of Tri-Sound Records and one of its co-founders became her mentor. Legendary records man Marshall Chess of Chess Records took on executive producer role for this debut album – ‘Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman Gone Bad’.It was Chicago’s Chess Records, who took the music of black America from its Muddy Waters led electric birth, through to the heights of soul music and beyond. Jasmine’s album is a tribute to the songs – the great songs – that the label originated.Marshall Chess says – ”I’ve been around the blues and singers who are in touch with their soul my whole life. Jasmine Kara is the real deal. The blues, like a taste of freedom, has truly transformed this young singer. Her Iranian roots, her Swedish upbringing and her recent meeting with – and interpretation of – the American blues is an amazing testament to what a universal language music is. And, to how different expressions of a longing for freedom always have had an underlying, common denominator”.On ‘Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman Gone Bad’ Jasmine takes a unique journey through the less obvious parts of the label’s history avoiding direct comparison with the originals through distinctive flourishes added to her own versions.This album is very of the moment, but steeped in the past. Jasmine Kara is a product of the modern world – but embraces the sentiments of these classic songs. For Kara this is a start of an undoubtedly wonderful music journey.Jasmine’s remarkable back-story is further explored in her autobiography published in her native Sweden to much acclaim and now due for publication in the UK.Hanging out with NYC’s low life and battling to find herself gigs in the city’s jazz and blues clubs, this journey takes her across the US and home again where she finally secures the record contract she’d worked so hard to achieve.