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Aysha — Stay With Me - The EP

Sept. 14, 2010


R&B vocalist Aysha jazzes it up quite a bit with her sophomore release, Stay With Me, which follows her 2006 debut, Love Is a Rock, a decidedly R&B project displaying very competent vocals.  Apparently recognizing that she has what it takes to tweak her style a bit to invite the jazz genre in to ride along on this current project, she does just that in a most satisfying manner.

Along for this ride are household contemporary jazz names Gerald Albright and Everette Harp, putting on their usual stellar sax chops.  Speaking of chops, this young lady does things with a song that I definitely like and have always found to be a cut above average in a real vocalist: the ability to strongly project, to enunciate when it’s called for, to be in the song, and to give both the song and the voice personality.  Oh yes, she’s got all of that and then some, despite giving us just five tracks with which to work (along with “radio edits” of three of the tracks).  Also, one track is a reprise from the debut release. Still, it all works, and you should easily be able to get past these minor downsides when you hear what she has to offer.

From the charming title track right through “Dreamin’,”  Aysha exhibits class and style. Each piece is melodic,  and most are sultry, dripping with sensuality, soul, and just the right amount of jazziness to even out the R&B tilt and make this all work in the smooth jazz world. Good, effective material from an artist with serious vocal skills and a clear grasp of how to work them in any environment. — Ronald Jackson