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Jessy J's fifth studio album, 2013's Second Chances, features more of the saxophonist/vocalist's contemporary R&B- and Latin pop-influenced smooth jazz. Moving from Heads Up to the Shanachie label, J — who also co-produced and arranged many of the tracks on Second Chances — focuses primarily this time out on her own original compositions. She does, however, turn in a funky cover of Brazilian icon Carlinhos Brown's "Magalenha," as well as soul legend Roberta Flack and Eugene McDaniels' "Feel Like Makin' Love," on which J showcases her breathy, romantic vocal chops. With her warm saxophone sound, lithe improvisational ability, and cross-genre approach, it's no wonder that J is a rising star on the international music scene appealing to both smooth jazz and Latin audiences. And while the spotlight shines the brightest on J on Second Chances, she has garnered a high-enough profile to draw some top-notch guest artists to appear on her albums. Last time, on 2011's Hot Sauce, J brought in jazz-funk titan Joe Sample and singer Ray Parker, Jr. On Second Chances, J is also joined by a handful stellar guest artists including keyboardist Jeff Lorber who joins her on several cuts that he also co-produced. Also adding his tasty stylings to the album is guitarist Norman Brown, who appears on the title track. Similarly, bassist Jimmy Haslip and keyboardist/vocalist Johnny Britt (who also co-wrote the title track with J) bring a positive energy to the proceedings. One couldn't hope for a better showcase for Jessy J's talent and Second Chances makes a great first impression.

Customer Reviews

Amazing! She gets better with every album!

So warm and sultry are the tracks that it makes you want to turn out the lights and get sexy with someone special! This is fantastic music.

very nice

i have all her music and i love la luna feliz, the best female jazz sax player out there


Jessy and Norman in the title song "Second Chance"....can't stop listening!


Born: December 28, 1982 in Portland, OR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Saxophonist Jessy J is an in-demand performer known for her distinctive Latin- and R&B-infused smooth jazz. Born Jessica Arellano in 1982 in Portland, Oregon, Jessy J grew up in Hemet, California, the daughter of a Mexican father and a Texan mother. She began playing the piano at age four and spent much of her childhood studying and performing in musical competitions. At 15, she was named Piano State Champion at the Béla Bartók Festival in California. Later, she switched instruments to the saxophone....
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