Boston-area vocalist Lynn Jolicoeur and her band The Pulse have been performing at top jazz venues and arts festivals in the Boston area, to rave audience response since 2008. Jolicoeur and The Pulse have now put that magic in a recorded documentation which is the group’s debut release, World Behind Your Eyes.
Lynn’s love of music and singing started in her preschool years, standing by the piano with her sister as their mother playing classic children’s songs the three sang, her father played guitar and sang for the family, and her grandmother was an accomplished classical pianist who passed on her passion for music. In college, Lynn decided not pursue a degree in vocal performance, but instead went after another area of interest – news reporting. She attended Boston University, where she obtained a degree in journalism with a focus in broadcast journalism. Jolicoeur worked as a reporter at television stations in Kansas, Ohio, Connecticut, and Boston. Upon her return to Massachusetts, she got back to choral singing. She connected with like-minded musicians in the Boston area and formed her band, The Pulse.
Lynn Jolicoeur and The Pulse have gone on to create a style all their own – writing powerful originals that blend genres but are underpinned by jazz, and giving standards a modern feel. The band features intuitive pianist Steven Travis, who has been in professional bands since the age of eleven and teaches private lessons on several instruments; versatile bassist Warren Olsen, who previously toured Germany for several years performing original music; colorful guitarist Mike Natsis, who brings thirty years of jazz, classical, and rock guitar experience to the group; and innovative drummer Jean-Marie Corrois, who spent twenty years teaching and performing in the jazz clubs of his native France before relocating to the U.S. more than a decade ago. Together their collective experiences are what gives The Pulse their undeniably unique sound.
Their debut album World Behind Your Eyes is a mixture of interesting harmonic settings with attention to melodic flow. "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" has an enjoyable groove that Jolicouer’s vocal lines match perfectly. The group draws from many eras; Brooks Bowman's 1933 tune "East of the Sun" is a swinging journey with Jolicouer singing clean lines with just a hint of her Broadway and legit influences. This clean approach is a nice change of pace in a time when most jazz singer ornate the melody to the point of absurdity. Jolicoeur’s training in classical vocal techniques is matched by the bands clean no-nonsense approach to supporting her, resulting in a very musical journey.
Jolicoeur shows that she is equally as proficient as a lyricist and vocalist, writing concrete and accessible melodies that effortlessly tells the listener a story. “Tucked Away” is a ballad written by Jolicoeur with the music composed by pianist Steven Travis. The song has a pop/rock influence and the lyric conveys a unique sense of sentiment and strength. The album consist of four compositions by Steve Travis, one by Jolicoeur and is rounded out by seven arrangements of songs from a wide range of writers and styles including: Sting, (Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic); Corinne Bailey Rae (Like A Star); Chick Corea (Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly); and Truman Capote (A Sleepin’ Bee). Jolicoeur and the Pulse have successfully created a sound that delights and World Behind Your Eyes is a terrific soundtrack for any day of the week, when you need a pick me up.
H. Allen Williams
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