Vocalist Jessica Lee teams with guitarist Mark Strickland to perform some of their favorite jazz standards in a duo setting. The recording was done at Audible Images Recording Studio in Pittsburgh Pa, with five time grammy winning lead engineer Jay Dudt. The album was reviewed by Jim Merod of BlueportJazz who wrote:
Virginia-born (Carolina-honed) vocalist JESSICA LEE possesses the essential quality that makes jazz and blues lyrics utterly compelling: a soulful voice with a soulful personality dedicated to a soulful approach to her craft. The first time I listened to Jessica, in Pittsburgh at one of her many weekly gigs, I discovered how honest her lyrical energy truly is. Each time, from that moment on, Jessica’s radiance seems more and more beguiling. She is that “real” thing . . . a jazz singer whose blues-saturated feeling creates immediate happiness and friends for life.
Guitarist extraordinaire MARK STRICKLAND is a bulwark of taste, chops and sensitivity throughout this duo album’s delicate and cheerful musical exchanges. Recently I was pleased to learn, from several of the legendary Tom Harrell’s New York musicians, how highly they hold Mark’s exquisite work.
JIM MEROD, BluePort Jazz (October 30, 2012)