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JT Track Premiere: Jazzmeia Horn’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing/Moanin’”

From her debut album, "A Social Call," to be released May 12 on Prestige/Concord

Jazzmeia Horn: "A Social Call"
Jazzmeia Horn: "A Social Call"
Jazzmeia Horn (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

On May 12, Prestige/Concord Music Group will release Jazzmeia Horn’s debut album, A Social Call. The 10-track set features Horn, the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner, backed by pianist Victor Gould, trumpeter Josh Evans, saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trombonist Frank Lacy, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jerome Jennings.

The set list comprises songs Horn selected to reflect a message of social uplift and optimism—a mix of standards (“East of the Sun (and West of the Moon),” “I Remember You”), hard-bop anthems (“Afro-Blue,” “Moanin’”), spirituals (“Wade in the Water,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing”) and R&B hits (“I’m Goin’ Down,” “People Make the World Go Round”). Two songs associated with Betty Carter, a personal influence on Horn, are also included in the set (“Tight,” “Social Call”).

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