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Album Review

Jesse Powell's third album, JP, finds the Gary, IN, native continuing to improve and grow. It isn't that JP is a departure from his two previous albums, Jesse Powell (1995) and 'Bout It (1998) — Powell's specialty is still romantic urban contemporary, and even though a few of the tunes are mildly funky, ballads and slow jams are what ultimately define JP. The thing that makes JP a step forward for the neo-soulster is the quality of the writing; JP falls short of remarkable, but romantic items like "Take My Breath Away" (not to be confused with Berlin's 1986 smash), "If I," and the seductive "Go Upstairs" are definitely solid. The album's best track, however, is an inspired remake of the haunting One Way/Al Hudson ballad "Something in the Past." Sadly, urban contemporary is full of singers (both male and female) who get over on attitude or image alone but are sorely lacking when it comes to chops, substance, and vocal range — Powell, however, has genuine talent. The Midwesterner has an impressive range (four octaves, to be exact), and his attractive phrasing sometimes reminds you of former Klique vocalist Howard Huntsberry (who was heavily influenced by Jackie Wilson). Again, JP isn't a masterpiece, but it's an enjoyable step forward for Powell.

Customer Reviews

JP is one of Jesse Powell's greatest CDs...

I really enjoyed the sound(s) of Jesse Powell's voice from the moment I heard a song called "You". Then this CD came along and I listened to songs: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10 over and over. Something about the way he sang in them that gave me chills but in a good way. We're in 2007 and I found myself loving these same songs again. ( I somehow lost the original CD years ago.) Strangely, I'm not a fan of many male singers but out of the few I really like, Jesse Powell became one of them with this CD.

Real R&B

JP is one who flew under the radar similar to Sam Salter. Jesse has an Incredible voice and stays true to R&B while refraining from vulgar language as has been the trend these days. Take My Breathe Away is a solid track and for Donnell Jones / D'angelo / Maxwell fans this CD should be scooped up ASAP.

fans

J.P needs to come out with something new. We his fans misses him very much,especially his G.I fans

Biography

Born: 1971 in Gary, IN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Jesse Powell grew up singing with his family and in local talent shows. In 1993, Powell met fledgling producer Carl Roland in Kansas City. Upon their arrival in L.A., the two began working together. Powell got his break when Louis Silas, Jr. heard him sing at an artist showcase; it was shortly thereafter that Silas signed Powell...
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