11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In her first full-length, Toronto singer Elise LeGrow puts a fresh spin on blues and soul classics. The title is a wink at Chess Records, the legendary Chicago label that recorded the original songs, but these selections feel wonderfully modern. Remaking hits by Chuck Berry (“You Never Can Tell”), Bo Diddley (“Who Do You Love”), and Fontella Bass (“Rescue Me”), LeGrow dares to change the tone—stripping them down, speeding them up, or simply swapping gritty guitars for rich, romantic piano. On “Long Lonely Nights,” Questlove plays drums on a song first recorded by his father, the late Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts. A special moment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In her first full-length, Toronto singer Elise LeGrow puts a fresh spin on blues and soul classics. The title is a wink at Chess Records, the legendary Chicago label that recorded the original songs, but these selections feel wonderfully modern. Remaking hits by Chuck Berry (“You Never Can Tell”), Bo Diddley (“Who Do You Love”), and Fontella Bass (“Rescue Me”), LeGrow dares to change the tone—stripping them down, speeding them up, or simply swapping gritty guitars for rich, romantic piano. On “Long Lonely Nights,” Questlove plays drums on a song first recorded by his father, the late Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts. A special moment.

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3:54
3:02
3:05
4:08
2:49
3:15
2:28
3:10
3:01
2:52
3:43

About Elise LeGrow

With a rich, textured vocal tone in the tradition of both R&B and jazz à la Amy Winehouse, Elise LeGrow is a Canadian singer and songwriter based in Toronto. After several years developing a fan base with club and festival appearances as she maneuvered her way from pop to retro-soul, her debut single, "No Good Woman," became a fan favorite on CBC Radio 2 in 2012. The song appeared on her self-titled debut EP later that year. She eventually drew the attention of S-Curve Records, and label founder Steve Greenberg co-produced material for first full-length alongside Betty Wright and Michael Mangini. The three of them had previously collaborated on Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions. Led by a version of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell," her debut album was a collection of Chess Records covers titled Playing Chess. With contributors including but not limited to Questlove and the Dap-Kings, it was released on S-Curve and Savoy Jazz in 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson

  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    June 04, 1987

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